Inspired by @schmarty‘s #IndieWebSummit keynote, I’ve just hacked together a pair of iOS Shortcuts that will take URLs from Tweetbot, post them to my site as a Like or Repost, then syndicate back to Twitter automatically 🙌
For some bizarre reason, syndication targets have suddenly stopped working on my site in the last few hours…? The WordPress editor doesn’t list any available, Micropub clients don’t see any, and the default targets given by the Syndication Links plugin have disappeared from the settings UI. The custom targets I set up still show in settings, but don’t appear anywhere else.
How odd. One to dig into tomorrow 🤔
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:
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.