Re: [blogite] Using proxies to implement alternative PingBack transport methods

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From: Stuart Langridge (
Date: Mon Sep 09 2002 - 04:28:00 BST

Simon Willison spoo'd forth:
> Ian's proxy server got me thinking. The more complex PingBack suggestions
> have the aim of allowing a variety of delivery methods for "pings", to
> simplify implementation for less technical send users. Ian's proxy idea can
> be extended to provide all of the functionality handled by the proposed XML
> description file. People who wish to use PingBack just to receive emails
> when someone links to their site could use something like this:
> <link rel="pingback" href="" />
> Where 145 is the account number they were given when they signed up for the
> (so far imaginary) free PingBack email forwarding service on

Indeed, there's nothing stopping you pointing it to your own custom
Pingback server which does the same thing, or sends an email *and* an
IM message *and* logs the pingback. The central service is then working
something like YACCS does for comments, which I think is a great idea.


"Aq will now shoot me for being a spod ;)"
           -- Kam, afe
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