Sometimes when I create a post I get a pingback. What causes that? Is there anything I can do to prevent getting pingbacks from my own posts?
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I found this easily in the FAQs for you :) http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/04/23/can-i-stop-self-pings/
Here's the link to the FAQs. On that page you will see the searchbox that you can use to answer questions like this one. http://faq.wordpress.com/
Pinging definition: Many blog authoring tools automatically ping one or more servers each time the blogger creates a new post (or updates an old one.) That is, the tool sends an XML-RPC signal to one or more "ping servers," which can then generate a list of blogs that have new material. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ping (blogging)
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