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Joel On Software RSS Feed?

Joel - any chance we'll see an RSS feed for your home page any time soon?

Tim
Monday, May 12, 2003

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/rss.xml

Anonymous Coward
Monday, May 12, 2003

The data in the Joel of Software feed is too heavyweight - I don't need the entire contents in the RSS - it's just supposed to be a summary.

Could you [Joel] offer a lightweight RSS feed that is just a _summary_ of what's new - not the full content, complete with pictures.

Including the entire content in the RSS is no good to me - I actually want a brief summary. If I decide to read the full content, I'll visit the link with my web browser.

I'm using the aggregator to find out _what_ articles I should read - not as a bulk download mechanism.

Dafydd Rees
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

One could argue that Joel should have put the entire article text inside a <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> pair of tags instead of in the <description>, and restricted the latter to... say 80 characters.

Personally, I think coming up with more descriptive titles than the date should be higher on the list.

What reader do you use that does not display the description correctly due to length restrictions?

Roland Kaufmann
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

One more thing: Many people (myself included) actually use the aggregator as a bulk download mechanism as it makes it easier to browse through a bunch of postings, akin to the way the preview window may be used in Outlook (Express).

Roland Kaufmann
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Many people want the entire post content in RSS. See http://dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com/archives/002252.shtml#002252

John Topley
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

If we are talking the use of RSS for blogs than it is simple:
anything but a full content feed is rubbish.
1> Blog entries are short (< 1 page), so what is the purpose of giving me an abstract (or worse, part of the first paragraph). Now if you are going to write a full article (> 3 pages), then by all means put up the article on you site and write a blog about it including a direct access link.
2> It is in the nature of blogging that it creates an ongoing cross-referential linkfest. What do you expect your readership to do? Follow the intermingeled discussion between 50+ odd bloggers by visiting 50+ websites? I don't think so (we would have no time left for JOS ;-) ).

So for those very few that still did not get it (yes, I mean you http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/ and you  http://www.scotg.net/ ), get with the program or I'll dump you at the next filling station.

Just me (Sir to you)
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Oh. Duh. I didn't know there was already an RSS feed. I didn't see a link and just assumed there wasn't one. Shame on me for assuming :)

And I agree - having the full content included in the RSS feed is preferable, for all the reasons already mentioned.

Tim
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Scot Gellock reacts swiftly and provides a full content RSS feed to his blog.
http://www.scotg.net/permalink.aspx/08dc60f0-ff59-4862-960b-ccb0f517a76e

This is great! Scot blogs about things that will be of interst to a large percentage of the JOS crowd. Check out his mini-series on "The Way".
http://www.scotg.net/permalink.aspx/c5f36e91-f6b0-4311-ae36-4364c597f09d (latest episode)

Highly recommended!

Just me (Sir to you)
Thursday, May 15, 2003

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