The recent Scheißstürm (is that a real German slang word or am I just fronting? no idea...) illustrates that, for purposes of establishing identity in a long and contentious thread, trackbacks are more useful than comment entries. And don't get me started on those plaintext excerpts again. I suppose trackbacking preëmptively is a good habit to get into, because if one manually sends a ping, at least you get to control what gets excerpted.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.