If you’re using the PING SERVERS function in Windows Live Writer; the question is, will Windows Live Writer 2011 get you banned from a social ping servers?
I’ve been able to help out plenty of people in the Windows Live Writer support forum, and while Microsoft techs are visiting the support forums for Windows Live Writer a bit more regularly than the old one, they aren’t really providing a great deal of assistance- not from what I’ve observed. Or maybe there’s just a crap load of private messages from Microsoft to the users… I don’t know.
I believe I’ve been fairly reasonable with Windows Live Writer, in the support forums, but since I can’t get an answer from the official support resource, I’d guess I can ask the Internet; why not?
And from the support forum, for the most part it’s canned responses of, send us your LOG file and we’ll review it- that’s it! I’ve yet to see a post from Microsoft that says, ‘after we reviewed your log file, we’ve this answer [blah blah blah]’.
Apparently, canned responses can’t answer my question.
So, this is what I asked…
In Windows Live Writer there’s an option to PING servers when posting to a BLOG.
In the options for Windows Live Writer there’s no clear definition that if I post to one blog that servers will get pinged, but not for another account.
If instance, I don’t want to PING servers, if I schedule a post later on with WordPress.
But I’d like to PING servers with my BLOGGER account.. publishing immediately.
Seems the PING function should be based on blog account… And turned on and off per account.
If a post is pinged every time a post is published, plus when a server is PING’d from the blog, an user could run the risk of being PING banned; which is very bad.
Can the Windows Live Writer team verify this?
My response I got for Microsoft was on how to [I’d speculate] re-ping those servers… obviously the tech doesn’t understand English, or didn’t have a canned response that could closely match what I was asking.
[Do you see what happens when you outsource?]
And my response…trying to explain in a different way..
Your response is a bit cryptic.
I don’t understand ‘repro’…
I’m not looking to re-PING servers; that wasn’t my question…
My inquiry is based on people/user getting BANNED on PING servers, because they’re pinging servers too often with Windows Live Writer; my apologies, I tried to explain that in my original post.
Maybe this way…
1. When I post with Windows Live Writer, I understand that Windows Live Writer will PING the servers in the list if it’s enabled – correct?
2. When I UPDATE a post with Windows Live Writer, does Windows Live Writer PING the servers again, if enabled?
3. I’ve multiple blog accounts, I don’t see a way to turn OFF the PING option per blog account; is this correct? this is a global setting- correct?
- I don’t want to get BANNED from social PING servers- this would be very bad. This would hurt incoming traffic a lot…
- I don’t want to PING every blog account in Windows Live Writer; I may not want to ping them at all, but for others there may only be a select few I’d like to PING, but there’s no option for that.
- If Windows Live Writer is PINGing servers on NEW posts and UPDATES, and my blog is pinging on new posts and updates; this constitutes over-pinging – this could get me BANNED. And if I can’t control this per blog account, I’ve a serious issue with Windows Live Writer.
I hope this makes sense this time…
It’s been 2+ weeks, no answer, so I’ll take it to the streets, and see what happens.
In the settings for Windows Live Writer there’s an option for PING SERVERS; that’s awesome.
Now, because Windows live writer doesn’t have a users manual, and doesn’t explain the functions/features of the application, we’ll have to guess as to exactly how that function works. Again, it’s because Microsoft hasn’t provided a users manual.
But let’s just assume that when you post an article with Windows live writer, it utilizes the Ping Server list, and send out notifications to all those social websites that you just posted a new article- again, great!
This gets you out there, gets you noticed and drives traffic to your website/blog. But now let’s assume that you’ve posted a new article, there’s a spelling error, and now you need to go back and edit the same article.
The big question is, does Windows live writer 2011 send out pings to all the locations in the Ping Server list for updates?
We don’t know, because Microsoft hasn’t documented the function.
Additionally, what if you have a blogging service [Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, Etc.] that also sends out pings, every time you post and every time you update; this would lead you to conclude that not only is Windows live writer sending out pings, but your blog is also sending out pings- doubling up, if you will…
Officially this PING issue is a problem…
As everyone knows, pinging social network sites too often can get you banned; they want except your notifications anymore. And you have to go through gyrations to get that cleared.
My other problem with the ping servers list in Windows live writer is that the option doesn’t seem to be selectable per account, it seems to be a global function; that means if you have multiple blog accounts, this means that every account will get pinged every time you post/update.
This may be good, this may be bad, but if you have a website that you don’t want to get pinged, because the pinging services being handled by another function [like a WordPress plug-in]; too bad, you’re back in the same position of sending excessive amounts of pings… possibly getting you banned.
So at this point, Windows Live Writer is helping to get you banned from all of your favorite PING services and you don’t even know; you think your doing the right thing.
And you’ll never even know it…
Does anyone know; is this accurate and has anyone run in to this problem? Is it possible?
I appreciate it…
Until next time,
…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Pro.