State of the Indieweb in WordPress by David ShanskeDavid Shanske
All of these items reflect the coming together and polishing of a complete Indieweb experience. As we move into the end of the first month of 2019, here is what I personally am hoping to see.

This is a nice summary on where things are, and where they might be heading. As someone who has only jumped into the world of “IndieWeb in WordPress” at the end of 2018, it helps give me some context.

The idea of giving interested users more choice when it comes to integrated themes is the main reason I have been chipping away at getting my own custom theme ready for release.

As part of that effort, I’ve been working with the IndieWeb “toolbox” of plugins quite closely. If I can free up a bit more free time, then I would love to use that experience to help with improving documentation.

Thanks for all your efforts in 2018, David – I know I’ve benefitted from them!

I just had a weird issue where Cloudflare was blocking Bridgy from syndicating posts from my site.

Attempting to syndicate from either my WordPress editor, or the Bridgy user page would result in an error like this:

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Now, I’ve never consciously set anything to say “don’t let Bridgy access my site,” have few settings turned on, and haven’t logged in to Cloudflare in months, so it felt like it must’ve been that some rule update on the Cloudflare side that started flagging the requests as potentially malicious. Unfortunately, Cloudflare’s settings are rather opaque – especially on the free tier. More annoyingly, the “Ray ID” in the error didn’t match anything in the limited logs I do get access to.

But, I’m nothing if not persistent… after a bit of trial and error – switching things off and testing again with Bridgy – and I was able to track down the culprit setting, in the “Scrape Shield” section of the control panel, labelled “Server-side Excludes”:

With this turned off, Bridgy could syndicate my posts again.

I’m starting to wonder if this setting is a contributing factor to the issues I’ve had where Webmentions and associated posts like Replies, Likes, and others seemingly haven’t worked? Perhaps someone with more experience with Cloudflare or the various IndieWeb tools could shed some light?

At the very least, I hope this post saves someone a bit of head-scratching if they suddenly find their Bridgy integration stops working.

Shared to IndieWeb.xyz.

How to Fix Social Media by Injecting A Chunk of the Blogosphere by an author (kottke.org)
Not all hour-long podcasts are worthwhile, but I found this one by The Atlantic’s Matt Thompson and Alexis Madrigal to be pretty compelling. The subject: how to fix social media, or rather, how to create a variation on social media that allows you to properly pose the question as to whether or not it can be fixed.

Shared to IndieWeb.xyz.

Fascist political group plans to infiltrate community councils by an author (The Ferret)
An extreme far right group modelled on Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists plans to put candidates up for community council seats in Scotland.

I think this quote from the article sums it up well enough:

“‘Never again’ was the popular slogan after the second world war against fascism. We should never forget that and never give these dangerous idiots an inch.”