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Biomedical and Electrical Engineer with interests in information theory, evolution, genetics, abstract mathematics, microbiology, big history, Indieweb, and the entertainment industry including: finance, distribution, representation







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I'm thinking it's odd that with comments and marginalia off, one would go to somewhere like Twitter to read the commentary there. I've been considering turning off comments myself, but am considering keeping webmentions which typically have a higher level of thought and quality because people are required to write and post on their own site to send them.


@mattscomments No, not a plugin (yet?). I exported them via the Amazon Kindle Desktop app and added some CSS to improve the mark up a tad. Doesn't take too long though. I greatly prefer to own this type of content on my own site first and then syndicate it to places like GoodReads after the fact.

I've written some details here:
Searching my site for "marginalia" will uncover other resources:

I also recently helped guide Jeremy Cherfas though some of the process and he's well documented a similar (non-WordPress) workflow here:

Given your Twitter background at @mattmaldre:
There are some in the indieweb movement working on notes, highlights, marginalia, fragmentions, etc. You can search/find wiki pages for those topics here: In particular, Kartik Prabhu has a fantastic set up which he describes (and you can see implemented along with sample code) at:

I presume you'll already know about As well as work by groups like


"copying a manuscript of this kind proceeded at the rate of about one (two-sided) folio per day; pecia rentals typically lasted one week and involved about four folios."

Syndicated to:


How Jeremy Cherfas sets his Amazon Kindle marginalia free on the


I also wrote some thoughts and had at least one interesting comment with some ideas/code here:


Jeremy, odd that you've noticed, but even odder (or not, given that the average lifespan of a page on the web is about 100 days) that the original has now 404'd.

I've been slowly working on an "I've read this" type of workflow in which I scrape and archive the contents of the things I've read for future searching (as well as for maintaining my own highlights, notes, and other marginalia), though the contents should only be available to me on my back end.

The system is supposed to be set up such that when one visits the page on my site it automatically redirects to the original, and that if the original is gone it redirects to an archived version on the Wayback Machine. The strange formatting is because it's being displayed with my theme rather than the original site's theme. Because it should generally only be available to me, I've not put a lot of effort into modifying the display/UI.

Thanks for "noticing" the bug, I'll see what I can do to fix it shortly, though I'm glad you got to ultimately read the thing you were looking for...


@ajspadial Awesome! Is your notebook accepting webmentions for collaboration too? I think of my site as a commonplace book/research notebook (as well as other things) and often bookmark journal articles I want to read. I'm slowly planning on using it to capture public notes, highlights, and marginalia from my reading as well. I use a private back end to write and revise as well.


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I also found this post with plugin mentions and details which may help some interested in this type of Medium-based marginalia/commenting: [How To Have Paragraph Commenting Just Like Medium ](


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Because Independent Publisher works really well with [IndieWeb technologies](, people interested in this type of functionality might look into Kartik Prabhu's post (and resources) relating to marginalia at:

Using this, one could allow for [Fragmentions]( and then in conjunction with the marginalia set up, one could be nearly ready to go. It's not quite as "native" as the simple functionality that Medium offers, but is much nicer from the philosophic viewpoint of allowing the user to own all their data.


: We're talking about @kartik_prabhu and his "experiment in implementing a marginalia system".


As someone who uses <a href="">my own WordPress site</a> as a research notebook/tool and commonplace book (as well as for owning all of my own data and social posts), I'm <a href="">already loving</a> this plugin and can see some tremendous potential for improvements on both it and on the platform in the future.

While I've played around with other platforms like as well, seems to have a more focused approach to how I prefer to use annotations, highlights, and marginalia on the web. It also has a growing API and related suite of tools which portend more flexibility and growth for the future.

Still, one must be cognizant for how these sometimes "hidden" tools can be used for abuse and bullying on the web: <a href="">Webmentions for improving annotation and preventing bullying on the web</a>[]