Last week, I put in this very slick 404 redirect to a Movable Type search, and then promptly forgot all about it until I just noticed all the usual 404s from really poorly written bots that do things like treat mailto: as a relative link (“/blog/2002/05/mailto”) or chop off URLs at an arbitrary number of characters, all showing up in my MT Activity Log as searches. I suspect it’ll be more useful for me than for you, but if you add search terms to philringnalda.com/blog/, you’ll either be taken to the search results page (for zero or more than one result), or directly to the entry (for a single match). For example, philringnalda.com/blog/half forgotten projects should take you right to this entry. It’s a system that’s incredibly useful to me at php.net, though I’m not sure how useful it really is for a weblog. More useful if I remember it exists, and remember to tell you about it, though.
Also from the forgotten projects files, when Luke was wondering how to get the entry number for a TrackBack ping in a SimpleComments container I started off to see how I did it in my comments feeds, was temporarily halted by my worthless host’s failure to write a script that would actually tell them when a MySQL server was down, and when I remembered to look again, was shocked to find that I don’t actually include TrackBacks in comment feeds. I can clearly remember wanting to, finding that it didn’t work outside entry-context, being lazy and waiting until Mark fixed that, and then including them. I can picture the template code, but it’s not there. Maybe it was in a test weblog, or maybe I hit Luke’s problem and backed it out. Luckily, my
laziness payed off, and Adam revved SimpleComments, adding a container for the entry that the comment or TrackBack went to, along with tags for comment numbering, and odd-or-even, for alternating backgrounds, along with moving the bulk of the code to an external module, so that MT doesn’t have to load it all every time it loads the plugin directory, only loading it when it’s needed. Back to the top of the todo list.