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#1 Posted on 7.7.06 2004.00
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So we set up a feed to capture the last 100 threads' first posts (although since it only starts at 1 July, we're only about halfway there so far) - link is http://the-w.com/threads.rss - would you use this? Would you prefer some other format (any missing XML you'd like us to add to the template)? Ummm...does it look good in YOUR reader? (It ain't so hot in mine at home, but the one at work looks pretty good - Shrook and FeedReader respectively.) Would you like any other feeds, as unlikely as it is that we'd do even more with this due to bandwidth concerns?

I know that right now it doesn't look too hot in My Yahoo! but I think I've fixed that. Check back over the weekend or Monday. I have no experience with Google's setup but Aaron said it was popular. SO. Anybody? sweetroll?

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#2 Posted on 7.7.06 2042.31
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Here's how it looks in my Google page:

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I'm not sure what is deciding how things are fed, as those "headlines" don't seem to correspond to the current thread activity.

Ehhh, I check "The-W" reflexively at this point, sometimes without even thinking - it's just in the round of websites I check out of habit. Personally, I would probably opt out of this, but that's just me....

But it looks pretty good for a RSS feed.

(edited by Leroy on 7.7.06 1845)
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#3 Posted on 7.7.06 2048.23
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    Originally posted by Leroy
    Here's how it looks in my Google page:

    (image removed)

    I'm not sure what is deciding how things are fed, as those "headlines" don't seem to correspond to the current thread activity.

    Ehhh, I check "The-W" reflexively at this point, sometimes without even thinking - it's just in the round of websites I check out of habit. Personally, I would probably opt out of this, but that's just me....

    But it looks pretty good for a RSS feed.

    (edited by Leroy on 7.7.06 1845)
Hrm, it's backwards. This is the problem I was having with My Yahoo! as well. You'd think it'd be smart enough to order them with the newest on top. Maybe it's something I'M doing...
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#4 Posted on 7.7.06 2059.31
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Funny, I just installed an RSS reader extension to Firefox. Here's how it looks in there.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y131/zhinz/wizzrss.png
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#5 Posted on 8.7.06 2025.32
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Neato,
Could you include the Forum name as well? eg.

Random / Help me ID this story by Parts Unknown.

Also,

Mr Boffo,
I was using that Wizz RSS extension with Firefox at the same time I was using the sessionsaver extension and I was getting massive memory hits to the point where it was bogging my computer right down. I'm pretty sure it was the combination that caused it, but keep an eye if you have slow down troubles.

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#6 Posted on 8.7.06 2149.09
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Looks fine in my reader. I know that Google Reader does some funky stuff when you first view/add a feed... problems like the chronology one I see today. But in My Yahoo, Bloglines, etc., everything looks fine.

Not sure what you mean about "Google's setup." If you're talking about Adsense, there's a Beta for Adsense/RSS, but they rarely add new testers. I once coded a feed with the traditional Adsense javascript, but found it didn't play well with a lot of newsreaders, so I scrapped it.

Things look good on my end, though. I can't think of any better way to execute the feed. Maybe sticking a direct link to the respective thread in the "description" tag as well as the "link" tag. Not every RSS user is savvy enough to find their way to the original item in some newsreaders.
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#7 Posted on 9.7.06 1620.44
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Well, the deal was Y! was going to do it in the order presented in the feed, no matter, what. Seems to defeat the purpose of a pubDate field, but I decided to go with it and list things in the feed in top down, newest first order. G is SUPPOSED to have a "sort" - maybe in the next beta? I'll give them a few days and see if things start to look "right" or not.

The forum name is already encapsulated in the "Category" tag but Firefox (for one) doesn't seem to know to use the tag. I'm going to go on the assumption that most of you can figure out from the thread title what forum it might be going in - and if you can't, surely after you read the post in your reader, you'll know - and if you STILL don't, well....I mean, the whole purpose is to get you back onto the website and not lurking through your RSS reader anyway, right? ;-)
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#8 Posted on 9.7.06 1718.34
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Category,
OK got category coming in now in the list of threads.
This works for me because I'm anally retentive enough to want to know the forum title before I read the post in my reader. I wards against accidentally stumbling into an innocently named politics thread.

I'm now using Feedreader, and it is working well.

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Noted, Thanks

Edit - 2nd edit - broke table - forgot " Sorry - fixed

(edited by Big G on 9.7.06 1937)
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#9 Posted on 10.7.06 1217.38
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I'm to lazy to use a real RSS reader, so I just bookmarked it in Firefox. It looks as good as any other RSS feed that I have bookmarked (Google News, YouTube New) and the thread titles are intriguing enough that I don't care what forum it comes from.

You realize you're going to get me fired for being here when I should be working, right? My wife will never understand....
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