Trackbacks and referrers
Sarah and Tony, the magic elves in the back room, keep adding functionality to java.net. When we launched with blogs some of the bloggers asked "why don't you ...". Two of the requests were for trackbacks and for referrer logs.
This past week we quietly introduced these features to the java.net blogs. If you would like to trackback to a blog, please do so and let us know how it worked. Once a blog entry has a trackback you will be able to see this reflected down near the comment section. Also bloggers will be able to check which pages link to their blogs by checking their referrer logs.
You can find a nice explanation of trackbacks on the Movable type site. They explain that the TrackBack "system can be used to enhance cross-site conversations and build community." They sum up the idea of trackback as "a method of person A saying to person B, 'This is something you may be interested in.'"
As always, thanks for your suggestions. The steady set of "why don't you" emails help us target areas to work on next. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with your why dont you
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I designed it. It's not developed by majority vote. I have certainly occasionally been convinced that I've made mistakes. Sometimes it is really obvious. Sometimes it requires a little more argument. But ultimately, I am the one who decides what goes in and what does not. That process contrasts with the design process for APIs like JDOM, where occasionally things are done by vote. It certainly contrasts with the design process for APIs like DOM, where decisions are made by a very formal procedure of voting and consensus. I think that even if this process makes XOM occasionally a little quirky in places