Bug #145

Trackbacks are being attributed to 'ungooglable'

Added by Matt Gold over 12 years ago. Updated about 12 years ago.

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Hi Boone,

Please check out the entry in the news feed from ungooglable (Ben Miller) and let me know whether you have an idea of what is going on. I don't see a comment from him on the blog post itself, so I'm a bit confused.

cac-news-feed.JPG (98.7 KB) cac-news-feed.JPG Matt Gold, 2009-12-18 07:11 PM

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Related to CUNY Academic Commons - Bug #538: News feed assigns incorrect trackback originsResolved2011-01-17


#1 Updated by Boone Gorges over 12 years ago

The activity corresponds to the trackback on the blog post from my blog The question remains why it was recorded as an activity item, and why the item was attributed to user 103. I'll try to track down the reason soon - for now I'm just making this note so I don't forget.

#2 Updated by Boone Gorges about 12 years ago

  • Subject changed from Strange News Feed Entry to Trackbacks are being attributed to 'ungooglable'

#3 Updated by Boone Gorges about 12 years ago

  • Status changed from Assigned to Resolved

I finally dug up the problem.

- Trackbacks are recorded as comments with no associated email address
- When comments are recorded, BP first checks to see whether the person who left the comment is a member of the site. It does so by matching the email address of the comment to the user email address.
- Several accounts on our installation (including the 'ungooglable' account, as well as several accounts created by feedwordpress) had no email addresses
- Thus BP was finding a match between the empty email string from the comment and the empty email string in the ungooglable account (the first one in the installation with a null email)

There is no really good way to fix this problem. For now I have replaced the empty email addresses with fake emails, which should block it until next time FWP creates an account with a null address. I'll file a patch to BP core that will check for blank email addresses when posting comment activity, so that the problem will be avoided in a better way in future versions of BP.

#4 Updated by Matt Gold about 12 years ago

Nice detective work, Boone. And way to patch the core.

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