“Pingbacks”

Can someone explain the point in “pingbacks” to me, because to me it seems like someone just ripping off my posts and pretending they are their own, with no reference to the original post and only using pingbacks to spam the URL of the duplicate article.

(serac.universal.edu.au/blog)

WordPress’ description of pingbacks suggests that they are just remote comments, but as the other site just copied the content verbatim with no additional comments, and even copied site-wide preferences such as the “tagline”, this doesn’t seem right.

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