Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

I do not think these pingbacks are what you think they are...

If you're worried about what content of yours people are linking to out in the wider web, then rushing off and disabling pingbacks is not the thing to do - they're actually a mechanism used by some blog services to indicate that your content's been linked to by a post. A pingback simply is the URL of the post that's linked to you, sent to you by email or added to the comments of your originating post.

Just because they're part of the same code push that did something stupid, doesn't mean that they're bad too! Sadly LJ has failed to point out just why you might want to use them (along with the similar trackback).

Here's the Wikipedia entry on pingbacks.

(You can take my disapproving comments on the rest of the push as read, along with my "I'm not going to splurge out-of-context comments all over the social web" statement. I'd like to think you all know that I wouldn't be that stupid anyway!)
Tags: drama, lj, web
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