An absolute travesty? Really?
If you’re interested in helping fix TrackBack, you’re more than welcome to help join the standardization effort:
From that same post:
“As many familiar with the protocol will attest, TrackBack, despite its wide market adoption, is far from perfect – largely due to the fact that TrackBack was invented for a blogosphere that was much different in size and makeup. Today, blogging has exploded in popularity, presenting TrackBack with a whole new set of challenges to address.”
Was it an absolute travesty to design a spec that was appropriate for the audience it was delivered to? Or should Ben and Mena have assumed there would be hundreds of millions of bloggers? Now granted, they’re part of the reason that there are so many millions of bloggers today, but just as HTML 1.0 didn’t do everything the modern web needs, so too did the first version of TrackBack have shortcomings.
Very little would get done if everybody asked “what if this gets as popular as SMTP?” Not to say we shouldn’t take that responsibility seriously, but I think it’s understandable to be naive about social abuse in the same way that the architects of email, feeds, tags, and the web itself were.