ping – to contact, usually in order to remind of something;

In weblog terminology, pinging is the act of sending a small notification to a central server that says “Hey, there’s new stuff!”. In most blogging applications, this is fully automatic.

Currently, Noscope is divided into main content (you’re reading it), and sidenote content (in the sidebar). That’s where it gets complicated. I ping, to notify you – readers or linkers, that I’ve added new stuff. Until now, I’ve pinged for main content only, but it’s a hassle to comment out the ping URL every time I post a sidenote. I actually miss Movable Type on this point; MT has a checkbox in the post admin section that allows per-post ping settings. That’s why I once again ask you:

When should I ping? For main content only? Or both main content and sidenotes?

6 thoughts on “Pinging”

  1. I would prefer you to only ping for main content Joen.

  2. Levi says:

    Ping the main content. 😉 I read the side-notes after I read the main content.

  3. Joen says:

    A trend is forming!

    Unless atleast two more commenters oppose you, I shall continue to ping for main content only.

    Now to write a plugin that allows per-post pinging…

  4. Tristan says:

    I agree to ping just for main content…

    but am I correct in assuming you trackback whenever possible? Or is that a whole different matter?

    Also, I should let you know I changed servers recently, so my info has probably changed– that is, if I’m still on the list :). The correct one is Here. Thanks.

  5. Joen says:

    but am I correct in assuming you trackback whenever possible? Or is that a whole different matter?

    Ah, you misunderstood.

    I wasn’t talking about sending pingbacks or trackbacks to posts, I was talking about pining to notify people who link to me of new contents…

    As for your, I’ll update that once gets out of maintenance.

  6. Tristan says:

    Yeah, I understood, just making sure you trackbacked when you post links in the sidebar. But now that I remember that you trackbacked me once, that was sort of an obvious question.

    Definately agree with the others that the sidenotes aren’t significant enough to warrant a ping though.

    And thanks for the update. Means a lot, considering how few sites link me 😉

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