TrackBack Policy

Once more, with feeling:

OTB TrackBack policy

If this could be any clearer, please advise.

James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Brian J. says:

    Well, by saying “this post”, you sort of imply this post instead of the post to which the trackback points.

    You’ll never win an STC award with that sort of ambiguity.

  2. Tom says:

    That’s funny you say that. I think I have this thought about once a week. Not sure what people’s problem is. If they’re so interested in promoting their post, then send an email or something on the subject. Sheesh.

  3. Ian says:

    I did one the other day, accidently. I meant to trackback my entry to another one of your entries. I sent you in email notifying this. Sorry about that.

  4. So what you’re trying to say is you’ll delete any TrackBacks that don’t actually link and refer to a post? Help me out. I’m still confused. Maybe if you translate it into Esperanto.


  5. McGehee says:

    Maybe you could embed a sound file, so you can actually tell people, in your own voice, not to trackback without linking.

    Really, really loud.

  6. Was that on the syllabus? Will it be on the exam? Do the trackbacks have to be typed, or can they be hand-written? Do I have to trackback in complete sentences?

  7. ibejo says:

    Somehow, it would be amusing to trackback to this post without linking to it. 🙂

  8. Mark J says:

    This is a no-brainer. There is also a possibility that WordPress might eventually add Trackback verification, much like it already does for Pingbacks.