What’s my Project Wonderful ad doing in there?

August 9th, 2008 by Reinder

Proof that WordPress is a lot harder to understand than Movable Type: because I linked to an older post in my previous post, I got a pingback:

Waffle » Blog Archive » Financial decluttering got results quickly

New pingback on your post #1659 "Decluttering, tightwaddery, time management, organisation - it's all one, really"
Website: Waffle » Blog Archive » Financial decluttering got results quickly (IP: 74.50.25.160 , chariot.lunarbreeze.com)
URL : http://reinderdijkhuis.com/wordpress/2008/08/09/financial-decluttering-got-results-quickly/
Excerpt:
[...] [...] Waffle Devoid of all delusions save those of observation, experience and reflection. Project Wonderful - Your ad here, right now, for as low as $0.00 « Decluttering, tightwaddery, time management, organisation - it’s all one, really [...] [...]

You can see all pingbacks on this post here:

http://reinderdijkhuis.com/wordpress/2008/08/09/decluttering-tightwaddery-time-management-organisation-its-all-one-really/#comments

Delete it: http://reinderdijkhuis.com/wordpress/wp-admin/comment.php?action=cdc&c=782
Spam it: http://reinderdijkhuis.com/wordpress/wp-admin/comment.php?action=cdc&dt=spam&c=782

Why is the Project Wonderful link included in the excerpt? Does the pingback code scrape the published HTML Pages or does it take its info from the templates? Neither should be necessary at all! It's bad enough that the template structure is so impenetrable, (which is why the all-new Waffle still looks terrible in Internet Explorer) but I don't see why it should be abused in this way. Pingbacks should contain excerpts from the post, and nothing else.

This makes my pingbacks look spammy. I'd better turn the feature off until I've resolved the problem (or forgotten about it. That also works for me).

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One Response to “What’s my Project Wonderful ad doing in there?”

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