Since WP 3.6, you can do short_ping on comments as you can see http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_list_comments.

I want to use it for my new website ZorgWijzer.nl, but I am not really sure if this is good or bad for SEO. Can someone tell me where I can find more information?

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If the comment is a pingback or a trackback and short_ping is true then the comment is processed by the ping method which formats the comment differently than either the html5_comment method or the comment method both of which create a much longer more complicated format than does the very minimal ping method.

You can kind-of guess what it does by the name of the variable, really, but when in doubt there is no better source of information than the source code itself.

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    "there is no better source of information than the source code itself" is my favorite code-related quote (+1, of course)
    – gmazzap
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 2:35

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