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Importing from TypePad to WordPress: Trackbacks turn into comments

Trackbacks or posts linking in, are acknowledged in totally different ways in WordPress versus TypePad. In TypePad, trackbacks are separated and added below your posts, but above your comments. That’s how it should be. In WordPress, they just look like ordinary comments, with an automated excerpt from the post displayed a s a comment. What does that mean for TypePad users switching to WordPress?

When importing a blog from TypePad to WordPress, the trackbacks are kept, but turned into comments. So posts with  trackbacks end up being posts with comments in WordPress. Not sure I like that. I want comments to be comments and trackbacks to be trackbacks. A trackback is not a comment.  Well, the good is that the trackbacks are kept at least, but for the reader it is hard to tell whether this is a “real” comment or a “trackbacked” comment.

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  1. July 9, 2008 at 12:55 am

    I don’t think this is accurate, but most of the TypePad imports I do don’t have trackbacks. Are you sure it isn’t your theme that is making the trackbacks look like comments? Which blog are you using this issue with? Thank you, Lloyd

  2. wpvstp
    July 9, 2008 at 5:16 am

    I think you’re wrong, Lloyd.That is how WordPress deals with trackbacks, or “pingbacks” as they call it. They are part of the comments section:
    There is also a setting “Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article (slows down posting.) ” which seems to makes automatic pingbacks from your post here to your post there, kind of like commenting on yourself, which looks odd to me.

  3. Anonymous
    July 9, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Hi wpvstp,

    I don’t think I am. If you can provide a link to a blog where you are seeing this issue, I can explain further.

    Different themes are designed to show trackbacks/pingbacks differently. Many themes do it just like on TypePad where trackbacks are separated and added below your posts, but above your comments.

    Some people like self-pings and others don’t. The people that like them, like that people visiting the older post can see that there is a newer post that references them. It isn’t a big issue to delete them.

  4. wpvstp
    July 9, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Well, Lloyd, I took the time to go over all 53 themes available on wordpress.com, and yes, you are at least a little right. Out of 53, 6 themes display trackbacks differently from the comments, thus indicating that they are not regular comments: Greenery, Freshy, Redoable Lite, Journalist, Twenty-Eight Thirteen and Unsleepable. What is true is that all comments that are tracksbacks display the post title in their heading, so this sets them apart from regular comments, which have only text. The 6 themes mentioned above do this most clearly. So it may not be totally right to say that TypePad trackbacks turn into WordPress comments, but it is not totally wrong either. What this post intended to show was that TypePad distinctively separates trackbacks from comments.

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