Index of /specs/pingback

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Parent Directory - translations/ 11-Mar-2013 11:03 - The pingback specification in different languages pingback-0.9 10-Mar-2003 06:15 18K Pingback 0.9 pingback-0.9.1 10-Mar-2003 06:15 24K Pingback 0.9.1 pingback-0.9.2 10-Mar-2003 06:15 24K Pingback 0.9.2 pingback-0.9.3 10-Mar-2003 06:15 25K Pingback 0.9.3 pingback-1.0 11-Mar-2013 11:04 26K Pingback 1.0 Specification pingback-1.0-notes 24-Sep-2002 06:57 85 Pingback 1.0 Specification pingback 11-Mar-2013 11:04 26K The latest version of the pingback specification
Why pingback? Why not referrers?

Referrers are very noisy (spiders include bogus referrers, people come to
sites with only subtly different referrers such as a trailing slash or no
trailing slash, etc); referrers don't give you the permalink of the
originating resource; referrers contain many links from news aggregators,
blog rolls, search engines and other pages which do not contain comments
on the post.

Pingbacks are reliable because they are explicitly requested; pingbacks
have a near perfect signal:noise ratio because they are only triggered by
pages that actually link to the post with comments; the pingback mechanism
is easily extended to provide services such as pingback listing (when a
site asks another for the list of pingbacks).