I noticed a phenomenon on this blog pretty early on where any references one post would make to another would cause a comment to be created on the referenced post from the referring post. I didn’t know it at the time, but this is called a ping. I suspect the immediate source of the term is from the networking command line utility allowing the user to see if a server is alive. The original source of the term is from the navy (or some water-borne military organization) using SONAR where a sound would be made and a measurement would be taken to determine how long it would take for the sound to echo back. The sound that was made sounds like tapping a glass, thus the term ping.
To the WordPress world, I’m sure this is all common knowledge. In any case, I didn’t like seeing this kind of thing. I like seeing pings from other sites, but not from my own site. The No Self Pings plugin solves this problem.
Overall Grade: A
Plugin Name: No Self Pings Version: 0.2 Plugin URI: http://blogwaffe.com/2006/10/04/421/ Description: Keeps WordPress from sending pings to your own site. Author: Michael D. Adams Author URI: http://blogwaffe.com/
Installation couldn’t be simpler. Just put it in your WordPress plugins directory and activate it.
There really isn’t anything to do to use this plugin. It just simply works.
I use this plugin because I really only want to see what others think about my posts, not what I think. If you’re like me, download this plugin and install it and you’ll be happy with the result.