I'd like to make good use of the ole pingback on a multi-author site, but with some alterations and concerns.
They should be only available internally, no external pingbacks accepted. If I understand right, disabling them in the general options while leaving them open on each post should do it - is this correct?
I want to alter their format. Right now the reffering page title becomes the author which is not cool. I'd rather have the actual post author as author and
<h1>as headline (new field), with the snippet staying in place as content. I didn't find much about this, is there a documented API (non-obsolete) or some hook/filter that could accomplish it?
Note: I suppose that something should rather happen on the sending end, like passing the post id for later use. I have an idea on how to do it but it involes adding the post id on the visible content (like url) and I'm reluctant to do that.
Is the pingback functionality going to be supported long-term in Wordpress or is it likely to be deprecated. In case it's going anywhere, is it likely to have a sort of legacy enabling like the 'links' do, or will my pingbacks end up in limbo?
Webmentions a better idea or a dead/er end?