Jeremy Zawodny at Yahoo! responded to my post from yesterday (and to Dave’s comments about it) with a note that has started a dialog around ping services in general. I appreciate his position. It’s true that strictly speaking you don’t have to ping Yahoo’s web service. But I still think there are some customer experience issues (both from the point of view of My Yahoo! customers and RSS feed producers) with the way this whole ball of wax is shaping up. See my comment on Jeremy’s post for more.
(By the way, this appears to be my week for having posts into which I didn’t put a lot of thought picked up and widely disseminated. A bunch of Mac sites are now linking to my gripe about AirPort error messages.)