Craig Stuntz wrote:
This new one looks to be a good deal better and faster, so I'm asking everyone to use it instead.
Please let me know if there are any problems with the new feeds.
Rich, the new feed is behaving oddly. When I look at the feed in Bloglines I either see 200 posts or I don't see any at all. But when I pull it up in XMLSpy I'm seeing 15 entries right now.
Bloglines will show you all of the unread
posts it has ever seen, up to 200 -- not just the last 15 that were in the feed last time it checked. (It keeps the text around, etc.) So if you haven't read via bloglines in the last few hours, you'll see 200 there, and when you've read them, you'll see zero. You can get read ones back by asking for "last session", "last 6 hours", etc.
I've never used XMLSpy, but it sounds like it's only showing you what's in the feed at the moment it checks. That should still work out fine, since the per-forum feeds show the last 15 topics, and 15 topics in even the busiest forums nets you about 18 hours worth of posts. (The Uilleann forum seems to be the exception there, where it only gets you one <i>hour</i>, but I'm not about to crank the feed up to the last 360 entries just to hit the 24-hour mark on that one forum!). It won't work so well for the sitewide feed, but I don't want to include hundreds of posts in the feed just to make it span a day or so.
I think the problem might be that the time zone isn't set right. I see:
<pubDate>Tue, 17 Jan 2006 08:05:53 +0000</pubDate>
Well, that's a different problem, but the timezone's been consistently off by a few hours all along; that should only affect the way that Bloglines displays the time of the entries. (After all, Bloglines would be perfectly capable of handling the feed if we were
in Ireland.) I'll fix that in a bit, but for now I'll leave it until we're sure that the feed alone isn't breaking anything; having timestamps go backwards in time might just confuse things further so that we can't see if the other problem exists.
I'm not exactly sure how to best use an RSS feed to read a busy forum, although I'm using it to know when there are updates to the less-busy ones. (I saw your post to this thread via Bloglines, for instance.)