Last updated January 5, 2008. Created on May 9, 2005.
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The trackback module allows users to give a blog post a contextual link to another. A context is made because the trackbacking poster is, in theory, writing about something mentioned on another blogger's trackbacked post. Using the trackback URL accompanying each post, another website can send a ping to your website. Once received, the trackback will show up on the trackback page accompanying the post. It also includes auto-discovery, spam moderation queues, and the ability to manually ping another site.

If trackback autodisovery is enabled on your website, someone need only visit your post via a link from another website post to have trackback discover the linking site and create the trackback. Trackback auto-discovery also works internally within a website, automatically creating connections between pages which link to each other. To manually send a ping to another site, edit your post and use the trackback URL field at the bottom of the edit page to submit the trackback URL for the post on the other site. Once you enter submit, your website will ping the other site for you. With trackback autodiscovery enabled, your site will attempt to do this automatically without your intervention.

To enable the moderation queue, go to the administer trackbacks page and select the configure tab. To view, approve, or delete trackbacks awaiting moderation, go to the administer trackbacks page and select the approval queue. To administer the trackback settings for a particular content type go to that content types administration page.

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