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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: sabinelagrande
2009-02-27 11:02 pm (UTC)
...I'm not understanding why nobody gets the point of pingbacks.

Thanks, guys! I've been wondering when this was going to happen.
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[User Picture]From: mythos
2009-02-27 11:03 pm (UTC)
I get it; I guess it just doesn't make much sense to me unless you're aware that you're actively being linked elsewhere and just want to keep tabs.
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[User Picture]From: gi_janearng
2009-02-27 11:04 pm (UTC)
That is the whole point of it. To be aware of who is linking you.
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[User Picture]From: sabinelagrande
2009-02-27 11:07 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much the point. It makes a lot of sense if you use your journal to, say, post fiction or creative non-fiction; you may never know that other people are reading your stuff until months later, because they'll post about something you've written but not comment on it.

Not that that happens to me all the time or anything.
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[User Picture]From: mayerman
2009-02-27 11:50 pm (UTC)
I believe the point is for when you *aren't* aware that you're being linked elsewhere. This way if someone links your entry and doesn't tell you first, you'll know - because otherwise it might be kind of hard to browse through everyone's journal on the entire site looking for links to your entries :)
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[User Picture]From: willow_diamond
2009-02-28 12:14 am (UTC)
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From: placebetween
2009-02-27 11:29 pm (UTC)
hahahaha nice icon
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[User Picture]From: willow_diamond
2009-02-28 12:13 am (UTC)
I kinda like it as well.
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[User Picture]From: fierceawakening
2009-02-28 02:36 am (UTC)
Exactly! Other blogging software has trackbacks. It's about time.

Sad it's only for paid users though. I'd be tempted, but iz recession tymz.
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[User Picture]From: carolsea
2009-02-28 05:32 am (UTC)
I'm not understanding that either!
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[User Picture]From: lohang
2009-02-28 06:26 am (UTC)
agreed! this is a great feature!
well done lj. at last...
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[User Picture]From: pw201
2009-02-28 12:30 pm (UTC)
LJ's stereotypically the "teenage girls whining about how their parents don't understand them and writing Snape/Harry fic" demographic, but there are some people who use it for the sort of blogging for which you might use Wordpress or Blogger. I don't know whether LJ has done any surveys to see whether its users consider themselves bloggers or fanficcers or diarists. It'd be interesting.
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From: czol
2009-02-28 01:52 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about them until today, but the explanation was pretty easy to grasp - 'Right, so if someone links to an entry I made, I get a notification? OK.' Not exactly rocket science.
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