Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t, but early this morning, around midnight eastern standard time, the home page of recent pings for Weblogs.com stopped displaying new pings. Inbound pings continued to be accepted and recorded throughout; the problems encountered affected the service’s ability to publish the received pings out to subscribers.
The problem was diagnosed and remedied early this morning. If you click on the “hourly” update links for early this morning (at the bottom of the weblogs.com home page), you will see a large number of pings published at the 7am hourly update (WARNING: this is a huge file). These are the accumulated pings that were received while the “output” side of the service was having problems. Systems and subscribers that have been consuming changes.xml and shortChanges.xml during this period should be up to date.