Related Entries

, Feb 6, 2004

You might have noticed that my weblog now display related entries for most of the posts. In case you are wondering why these sometimes don’t seem to make sense, the explanation is that they are generated automatically. (In case you’re interested how, here is the recipe, which will only work for MT and MySQL). Basically, every time I rebuild, a full text search is performed, using the posting’s title and keywords as the search terms.

I’m not really sure whether this is something I want to keep or not. Sometimes it works so well that people actually take them for having been created manually . Sometimes they don’t seem to make sense at all.

I think having related links displayed is very useful, but I’d much rather avoid having to provide the necessary metadata myself.