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Bogus pings?

Has anyone else noticed that seems to be reporting erroneous site updates? Over the last day or so, it keeps reporting site updates, and yet, when I visit the sites, most of them have not updated. I know that some of these update reports are bogus, because I’ve even seen my own site show bogus updates (I was still in bed at 7:08 a.m. today, and I’m pretty sure that I didn’t update my site in my sleep).

Has the server gone haywire, or is some prankster flooding it with bogus pings?

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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9 Responses to Bogus pings?

  1. I think something is up. A number of sites on my blogroll that never update have been at the top of the list for the past day or so, but when I look at the site the list looks ok. I thought it was just me but maybe there is something up.

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  3. Dougal says:

    More info, from the original creator of is broken

    He’s guessing that Yahoo! has added a new incoming ping source, which is the real culprit. And he further theorizes that the problem might be Yahoo!’s own RSS ping service.

  4. MacManX says:

    Up until yesterday, used to only allow one ping per blog per hour. That restriction appears to have been lifted.

  5. Dougal says:

    More pings-per-hour isn’t a problem. The problem here is “phantom” pings: updates showing up on when the site in question hasn’t actually updated.

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  7. Dougal says:

    I posted a query on the feedmesh mailing list earlier, and got a response from Shane Adams at Yahoo! He says that they’re looking into it, so hopefully things will be back to normal soon.

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