A very nice explanation of RSS.

One of the unfortunate problems with RSS, at least from the web ministers point of view, is that it is a one-way street. The web minister can't tell whether anyone is reading the RSS postings or not.

For several years I've had an RSS feed on the Florilegium, giving a description each time a new file was uploaded or updated. This had to be generated by hand, which was taking about as much time as updating the website was. :-(

When I asked in my monthly article, and in the RSS feed, whether anyone was using it, I got only one reply. So I've now stopped updating the RSS feed.

Perhaps my situation is unique in that I've still been able to post my monthly update article to the various kingdom lists, and maybe with this, the usefulness of the Florilegium RSS feed is reduced.

If I can find another package, running on the website or on my Mac that would automatically send out RSS messages when the site is updated, I might try RSS feeds again.


On Feb 13, 2014, at 9:25 AM, Mark Schuldenfrei <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On 2/12/2014 6:52 PM, Mistress Hertha Blair of Froggestow wrote:
>> Pardon me.  What is RSS?
> An unexpectedly neat question.
> A lot of online technology is divided into "push" and "pull"
> technology.
> For a non-tech example, if I mail you a letter, it's a "pull"
> tech: it lays there until you open it.  If I make a phone call,
> it is a "push" technology: it makes noise until you answer it.
> "Push" tells you, interrupts you.  "Pull" is passive until
> you go and get it.
> A web site is a "pull" technology.  It sits there until you
> visit.  If I update my web site, how will you know to come
> back for a new visit?
> People came up with an idea, or the basics of an idea,
> called Really Simple Syndication (it's actually named
> Rich Site Summary): RSS.
> What it is, is a standard format and standard information about
> a web site, that a site publishes in a known consistent
> location. It's not really human-readable, but the idea is
> that you can use that to have sites turn into "push"
> sites.
> If I publish and update my RSS feed, you can tell a "web
> robot" tool which feeds you care about.  That tool will
> check the RSS feed for you, and if something changes it
> can either interrupt you ("push") or just organize those
> feeds for easy reading.
> There are lots of RSS tools out there.  I happen to read
> LiveJournal a lot (I have for a long time) and it can
> be told "look at that feed, and when it updates, show
> me the new articles".
> RSS is simple.  But lets you do some very powerful things.
> 	Tibor

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