Robert Hahn

inspired by integration

I'm always interested in infrastructure that brings people together and facilitates communication. I'm currently exploring social software, markup & scripting languages, and abstract games.

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noted on Wed, 30 Jul 2003

How To Blog This Post

Thank you for being motivated enough to comment on something I wrote.

The short version:

  1. Write up a comment on your blog.
  2. include the permalink for the article you’re writing about (found on this page: )
  3. When you publish your comment, click on the link to my page. You’ll be doing this anyway because you QA your work, right?

...and that’s it. I get access logs daily, so I will see your link in them. If you feel it urgent that I see your post as soon as possible, you can always send me .

Some justification for this style of commenting.

I’m going to be writing up a colophon soon, but for now, please realize that this blog you’re reading is statically generated from a blosxom installation on my machine. There are no moving parts.

This means that for those of you who favour trackback mechanisms, you can’t ping me as you would with other blog installations.

Commenting on this post really won’t be that hard, and anyone can do it. Just blog about it at your site, and link to the permalink on mine. If you want to ‘ping’ me, then after you go live with your post, click on the link to my site.

Now, you’re probably wondering how the heck I’m going to know you linked to me. Well, it’s not a big deal. If you got the time, read this wonderful article by John Gruber on Trackbacks The short version is: why use trackbacks — the way most people do — when your web logs note referrers? I have access to my web logs on a daily basis. Ergo, I’ll be parsing them for referrers, checking them out, and posting the interesting ones.

“But that’s crazy!” Perhaps, but I’m not getting that many hits per day. Yet. And if I were, then I’d want a static site to keep the bandwidth and server load down. This is not my domain, and my presence here is entirely due to the good graces of one of my friends.

But if you want to help me out here, then all I’d ask you to do is, when linking to me, to write in and around the link something that provides good context for your contribution. If I’m getting a lot of referrers, then I’ll probably write a script to visit your page, excerpt an area around that choice phrase, and integrate it somehow into this site.

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