Chris Carlin (volkris) wrote in suggestions,
Chris Carlin
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Accept "updated" pings from remote blogs

Title
Accept "updated" pings from remote blogs

Short, concise description of the idea
Allow a setup whereby LiveJournal will accept "journal updated" type pings and then poll the updated feed.

Full description of the idea
As I understand it the main motivation behind syndication points (the cost associated with subscribing to feeds) is that it costs LiveJournal to poll remote journals that may not have been updated.

When a remote journal is willing to cooperate with LiveJournal, though, it would be able to send LiveJournal a notification that it has updated using the normal pings now to notify sites like weblogs.com.

Under this suggestion LiveJournal would only poll the remote feed after receiving a ping from the source, saving quite a lot of useless attempts.

I would drop the syndication cost from such feeds since they avoid the expense to LiveJournal.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Save LiveJournal processing time and bandwidth
  • Save the remote sites processing time and bandwidth
  • Provide nearly instantaneous updates, instead of updates by the next polling period
  • Integrate LiveJournal more fully with the outside world
  • Arguably the Right Way of doing things
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • It might be grouped by some as part of the larger trackback-type development, though it would be able to stand on its own
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • As I said, remove the syndication cost for feeds taking advantage of this
  • Include this feature in the FAQ and on the page that registers a feed
  • Perhaps include whether or not this feature is being used in the feed information page to help get the word out about it
  • Tags: syndication, trackback, § implemented
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