What is the purpose of blocking/dropping inbound ICMP traffic on a public web server? Is it common for it be blocked?
I had to test if a server was accessible from various locations (tested on various servers located in different states/countries). I'd rely on ping as a quick & reliable method of determining if a server was online/network-accessible. After not receiving a response on a couple boxes, I tried using lynx to load the site, and it worked.