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Wouldn't it be better to simply have one RSS feed for the latest threads? Let people use the forum id number as a variable in the URL if they wish to filter the feed to specific forums, and if no forum id is provided in the URL then have the script spit out the "all forums" version. That should be both easier to implement/maintain and more satisfying for the users, who could subscribe to a feed for any forum they want. Thank you.
I became curious about this RSS stuff and came across this thread. I see it is very old and most of the links are defunct.
I saw a couple of web sites that supposedly explained RSS and used some big words like aggregator and syndication and.. uh.. maybe gonkulator was in there .
Anyway, I still don't really understand what RSS would give me and why I would want it. From what I've seen it looks like it would put an annoying animated scrolling thingy on my desktop with links to other content, maybe LQ threads or something. Ok, I know there must be more to it, but this is my initial impression.
Maybe somebody could post some screen shots that show RSS in action and maybe help clarify for me what it's all about.
RSS is just a type of XML used for storing data (a bit like a web page but more structured). How the client application displays it is up to it. Some programs like the KDE news ticker display a scrolling ticker. Other apps have more of an e-mail client look: http://www.rssowl.org/overview
There are also lots of other uses - some LQ Radio uses them to let people access the latest clips and you can even use them to add content to your own website, many CMS programs include support for RSS feeds.
I see that it's a news reader sort of format. I opened up the above link and saw a few entries that looked like thread titles. I clicked on them and they gave me links back to LQ slackware threads.
Well, at least it's a start. I guess I'll just have to play around with it and check out the features and options. Right now it's just looks like an extra step to getting at the slackware threads.
(just using that as an example)
The LQ feeds don't include the full post content (which some other feeds do), mainly for bandwidth I think. If you are looking for a better way to access the threads then using the FireFox live bookmarks feature would probably be better (assuming you use firefox). Then again there will always be a delay in the feed updating so it's not a complete replacement for browsing