Short version

Those funny looking comments you may find on your pages, with the author having a small icon to the left, those are pingbacks. You’re able to moderate them just like you would any ordinary comments.

After you’ve published an article, just hit “Ping!” in the article admin interface. Have no fear. That’ll just send pings to all links in your article (actually, to certain pages of all servers hosting content that you have linked to, but stop… this is the “short version”, after all).

Long version

To integrate with other websites, Netarhia implements linkback technology, although restricted to pingbacks. No trackbacks, these are way to prone to abuse.

It’s alright if you don’t know what linkbacks are. Here it is: we’re talking about technology enabling websites (webservers) to “speak” directly to each other. For example, if you publish an article on Netarhia and then hit “Ping!”, Netarhia will send a signal to all websites that you have linked to in your article, telling them you were a gent and gave them some link love. If those sites are linkback-enabled and their masters agree, a link to your article, along with a small relevant portion of it, will be placed on those sites. This goes both ways: your articles can welcome and host such data bits ammong the comments. Pretty cool, I should say.

Our pingback interface is compliant with current standars, so it may be used by any notoriuous blogging platform (yes, especially WordPress). Each blogging software’s settings may differ, and each of us is used to the one he or she employs. In  short, if your system is pingback-enabled and sends such a request to Netarhia, it will be properly processed.

Receiving pingbacks

Your published articles accept pingbacks by default. You may toggle this option at any time, using the admin interface when you are logged in. Data comming from dealing with the pingback is inserted as a regular comment on your article, meaning you can manage it as you would any comment, from deletion to banning the server’s IP address.

Our links to those that send pingbacks are stripped of “rel=nofollow”. At least for now.

Sending pingbacks

Netarhia sends pingbacks to all targets (links) in your published articles, only if pingbacks for that article are active, so that links to your article will be placed on those of the ones you cite, if they allow it.

Pingbacks are sent manually each time you save an article, but one time only to each link within that article. For example, after adding a new link inside an older article, if you choose to send pingbacks again, they will be sent only to the newly inserted link. This has been designed to avoid abuse on other sites from Netarhia itself, usually by mistake, but possibly with intent, by malevolent users (we did not yet expelled, and it’s only a matter of time, really). Its main downside is that pingback failure due to target server malfunction cannot be retried.

IN THE END: after you’ve published an article, just hit “Ping!”.

Linkback spam

This is an idea you should definitely not get. It can be easily demonstrated by the victim and our response is swift and means irreversible IP ban on the criminal user. Don’t spoil a beautiful thing.

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