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Pingbacks and View Friends Page by Date in S1 [Feb. 27th, 2009|04:51 pm]
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As announced in news today, Pingbacks have arrived on LiveJournal! For the time being, this feature is limited to Paid Accounts. More information can be found in the FAQ.

Here is how it works: your entry (as Paid user) is linked to by another (Paid) user. As long as both entries are public, and you have your comment settings set so that you can receive comments from all registered users, you will receive a screened comment from pingback_bot showing you the link to your entry. All comments by pingback_bot will be screened, regardless of your account settings - you can choose to unscreen them if you wish. Pingbacks to and from Paid Accounts can also be sent to and from any blog that supports the Pingback protocol. If you would like external sites to interact with your entries through Pingbacks, you'll need to change your default setting for Pingbacks to "Open".

We're aware that some pingbacks aren't working, but don't have enough data to determine the cause. If you try out pingbacks and they don't work, please let us know! Here's how! EDIT 3/6/09: If you haven't yet been able to send or receive Pingbacks, you can resolve the issue by going to the Privacy tab on the My Account Settings page, scroll to the bottom and click "Save". Although the default setting is "LiveJournal.com only", this setting is not recognized until settings are changed or saved. This will be fixed in the next release.

1. First, make sure that you and the person linking to your entry are both Paid users and that both entries are public. The default setting for Pingbacks will be "LiveJournal.com only," but you can check or change that on the Privacy tab of your Account Settings page.

2. Make sure your comment settings allow comments from either "registered users" or "everybody" and that you have your CAPTCHA setting for comments on "anonymous commenters" or "nobody".

3. Wait 15 minutes - this is the amount of time needed for the Pingback system to check and deliver the ping. If you don't see the comment from pingback_bot, comment here with a link to the entry that didn't get the pingback. Developers will monitor the comments here and we hope to have this issue resolved as soon as we can.

View Friends Page by Date works in S1

In December, we announced the Paid feature View Friends Page by Date. At that time, it was not compatible with journals using the S1 Style System due to the fact that S1 had been retired and deprecated. In January, developers investigated and created a fix - so if you're still using S1 you can now view your friends page by date to your heart's content!

[User Picture]From: thedisassociate
2009-02-27 10:54 pm (UTC)
Sounds ridiculous. I don't see the point.

Edited at 2009-02-27 10:54 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: foxylovesme
2009-02-27 10:56 pm (UTC)
I don't even UNDERSTAND it....and what is the point? >.
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[User Picture]From: gi_janearng
2009-02-27 10:56 pm (UTC)
So people that get their entries posted in snark communities can BAWWWWW all over the place?
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[User Picture]From: foxylovesme
2009-02-27 10:59 pm (UTC)
If LJ wants to improve their services to paid account members, I say bring on more userpics. *muwah
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[User Picture]From: gi_janearng
2009-02-27 11:00 pm (UTC)
I just would like a la carte userpics. That would make me happy.
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[User Picture]From: mythos
2009-02-27 11:04 pm (UTC)
I was just going to comment with something along the lines of "Nobody cares, where are my a la carte userpics?"
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[User Picture]From: justgoto
2009-02-28 06:33 am (UTC)

posted in snark communities

"and the person linking to your entry are both Paid users"
Doesn't seem like that would be all that reliable.

It doesn't seem useful at all to me, unless it tracks everyone, it is useless.
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[User Picture]From: moonshaz
2009-03-01 04:29 pm (UTC)

Re: posted in snark communities

Absolutely agreed!
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[User Picture]From: wolby
2009-03-03 10:16 pm (UTC)

Re: posted in snark communities

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[User Picture]From: bhudson
2009-02-27 11:09 pm (UTC)
In the blogosphere, they're known as trackbacks. You know those pages and pages of useless comments that are just links to another blog post that typically adds no useful content, and just end up making it harder to find the actual comments on a post?

They were really popular about 3-4 years ago, but within a few months pretty much everybody figured out it was pretty pointless and turned it off on their sites.
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[User Picture]From: theta_g
2009-02-28 08:12 pm (UTC)
Trackbacks were an attempt to unite the non-LiveJournal blogosphere. In a few scenes they worked (eg. blog developers) but those people were generally keeping an eye on each other already.

Security features and user tags hold the LJ community together in a much more successful way but gated communities never last forever on the Internet.

I can see my friends list being effectively re-assembled over in Facebook and Twitter. I use ping.fm to crosspost in a single click, which actually speeds up the process.

Perhaps LiveJournal is trying to find ways to open up before the community becomes a hollow bubble and the bubble pops.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_dragon
2009-02-28 07:27 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: gabe_speaks
2009-03-01 01:48 am (UTC)
Some people like to know who is linking to their journal entry, especially people writing more... scholarly work? Or writers getting 'pimped' in other journals. ~shrug~ Not everyone's cuppa, but I'm sure plenty of folks will be using it. Hopefully only for good.
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