Nothing to see here…. I’m just trying to understand a function.
I don’t totally understand the pingbacks. What happens if I put a link here to another post, and then don’t approve the pingback? Does the link still work? does it still exist? Does anything happen? Inquiring minds want to know, so I’m fiddling around with this.
How about a LINK to another post about lizards. I will approve this one.
Then, we will make a LINK to another post – this one about Panamanian lawn mowers. I will not approve this one.
Results – apparently it only affects the comments. Both links still work even though I spam/trashed one. But, below the lizard post there is a comment/notice about the pingback, and below the lawn mowers post there is not.
It hardly seems worth the bother to moderate pingbacks because it doesn’t stop anyone from linking to your post. It only stops the pingback notice from showing up below your own post in the comments.
Sometimes people object to pingbacks because it looks like the blogger who included the link has a long list of links just to make all of those bloggers come to their blog and run up their numbers, a spam type activity. It seems approving or not approving pingbacks will have no effect on this whatsoever.
Myself, I don’t mind links out there. I know blogging is a public activity, so if more of the public visits my blog that is kind of the point, right? I cannot control how people find their way here, only what I post on my blog.