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12-14-2009 05:39 PM

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I have noticed for some time that the content of these RSS feeds are not consistent with the content on this forum.
I am wondering if they are arbitrarily picked by some third party for display or does the RSS program pick them based on some other criteria.?

It’s rather pointless to have a list sent to my computers that contains only part of the forum topics.

It’s even less useful if I am merely reading the subjective lists of someone else’s take on what is interesting with the topics.

Does anyone know for sure how this works?

Bob

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 10:40 AM

Hi Bob, RSS feeds are fetching 10 latest items in a given site section (projects, blogs etc.). Feedburner is a service that I use to serve the feeds and make them more accessible. It also caches the feeds for some time. The problem is that new posts are already very frequent during the peak hours to catch them all. I’m considering updating feeds to fetch latest 20 items.

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 02:36 PM

Thanks Martin.
The list seems like a random selection right now.
I wonder if it would be possible to select the feeds on two criteria instead of just one.
Say:
1. How recent the the feed is .
2. How many views it received on a descending scale.
If that is possible it would make a more usable list with the most viewed sorting to the beginning of the feed.
I not sure how much control the program gives you over that type of retrieval.

Cheers
Bob

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 07:19 PM

It seems that the effort required to assemble and post a project is somewhat waisted right now as this example points out:

My longworth bowl reversing chuck
posted 1 day ago …............488 views …............15 times favorites ….................19 comments

This effort never made it to an RSS listing and due to the noise level on this forum was swept into oblivion.

I am not offended by this but I really have to question whether my time might be better spent in some other activity.
This is the second project posted that never made the cut.
What happens when the active posters loose interest?
Just thinking out loud about what the “social contract” is on forums in general.
Any thoughts appreciated.

Bob

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#4 posted 01-05-2010 10:50 AM

Hi Bob, I increased the number of latest posts form 10 to 20 today. This should help.

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