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Jessica is right. For example, this exchange would be a lot easier on (or Twitter, for that matter) 😃

Another obvious limitation to funelling everything through your site is that they’re not built for actual back and forth conversations. It’s like posting declamations to church doors – which suits a certain style of writing (which I like, incidentally) – and waiting for a messenger to inform you of what’s been said. Like in Shakespeare, the messenger often doesn’t make it.

Also – I’m not sure if I’m addressing Jessica directly, or my general “audience” (if that’s not too grandiose a term for it).


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I guess that I’m in the minority but I really like the idea of Webmention replies. Being able to essentially comment on another person’s note or blog post from your own site is such a novel and neat concept. The other replies to your posts also highlight one of the most important benefits yielded from this system — building a network that allows other people visiting your site to discover other interesting people. The WordPress guys were truly onto something when they implemented Pingbacks.

I’d like to think that likes and bookmarks also have more meaning than a like or a retweet on social media. It takes more effort for me to send a like notification so in my mind, they have more weight behind them. It also complements Webmention replies as a public bookmarking system akin to Shaarli or Pinboard. Unlike Pinboard, you can also inject your personality into your personal collection of Webmention replies by styling and displaying them as you please.


Oh, I do like them a lot! It is very cool being able to write a full-fledged response to a post and see it show up on that very post.

(Although I have found I have to truncate inbound replies as the full post can look odd, especially when you strip it of HTML.)

I did find a conversation conducted in this way was (charmingly, in a way) difficult, but I suppose that’s a feature, not a bug – it’s a bit more considered. This is the point Manu et al were making in the original post.

I’ve seen a few indieweb sites with Replies pages, and not really got it, but your likening of them to self-hosted bookmarks makes a lot of sense, so I may add one. I already have a Links page, which is a sort of likes.

Cheers for the comment as ever!