December 22, 2003

The Smarm of

One of the things that happens in the background of this and many other weblogs when a post is issued is a ping is sent to to indicate that the page has been updated. But is set to only take a new update every half-hour. As a result, the ping issues a failed message if you are busier than that.

Now a simple administrative message annoucing this would be sufficient, but -- being yet another "innovation" of the aptly named Dave Winer -- isn't having it. Instead, it gives you the following advice:

Ping '' failed: Ping error: Thanks for the ping, however we can only accept one ping every half-hour. It's cool that you're updating so often, however, if I may be so bold as to offer some advice -- take a break, you'll enjoy li..."[sic]
We'll "enjoy li"? What we'd really enjoy would be if Dave Winer would take a five year break from smarm and blather. But that's too much to hope for, isn't it?

Posted by Vanderleun at December 22, 2003 8:07 AM
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