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Mon, Jan. 3rd, 2005, 12:02 am
my RSS feed

So I added into my feed the number of comments on an entry, and annoyingly this seems to have caused all my entries to jump to the top. Which would suggest that any time a comment is added to an entry, that entry will jump to the top, except that they didn't actually all jump to the top. Not clear to me what's going on. But I'll try this for a while and then perhaps revert back, although reverting back will probably mean they'll all jump up to the top again... Sigh.

Regardless, next time I go futzing with the RSS functionality, I'll set up a separate experimental feed, and do my futzing on that in order to not clog up the friends pages of all my loyal readers... Sorry about that.

In other news, my drawing shaved.

(Oh, and on the off chance that anyone sees this post but doesn't currently subscribe to my feed, you can do so here...)

Mon, Jan. 3rd, 2005 08:58 am (UTC)

I've done a couple things to my rss feed that caused all the entries to reload into livejournal as "new" before. Not quite sure what caused it. I'd guess it was because some identifying information for the entry changed.

Normally if I update an entry (and therefore change the content of the entry) it does not cause any livejournal funkiness.

Mon, Jan. 3rd, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)

Yeah, so my feed always contains the 20 most recent entries, and just three fields for each entry -- title, link, description. The change I made resulted in the descriptions changing for all entries (adding a line at the bottom of the description indicating the number of comments on the entry). It appears that LJ doesn't keep a full history of entries from a feed, maybe just entries from within a given time period? So I think what happened is that the entries in my feed that had fallen off its radar were seen as "new" and so all jumped up to the top, while the more recent ones that it was still tracking stayed where they were and just had their descriptions change.

If my observations and interpretations of them are correct, then this means that when someone posts a comment on a blog entry which is old enough to have fallen off of LJ's radar but still within the last 20 posts so that it has not yet fallen off the front page of my site -- in only that situation, there will be weirdness of an old post of mine jumping up in LJ. Since that's a fairly unlikely situation, I'm not too worried about it, so I probably won't need to revert my feed code.

Mon, Jan. 3rd, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)

Oddly, I've subbed to your syndicated journal, and I saw this message, but...checking derf.net reveals that I haven't been seeing anything else you've posted recently.

I shall take this as proof of the Intorweb hating me.

(On a side note, are there movies that you don't like? *grin*)

Mon, Jan. 3rd, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)

Looking at your userinfo page, you don't appear to be subscribed to my RSS feed at all (you saw this post because it wasn't on my blog, it was actually in LJ itself)... In livejournal, my feed exists in two places, one called "derfnet" (linked above) and one called "neilfredblogsyn". Also, there's one called "neilfredsyn" which only gets my phoblog entries.

And yes, there do exist (admittedly few) movies that I don't like, and very occasionally I even happen to see one of them! I don't think that's happened since I started posting my movie reviews in my blog, but one of the last few movie reviews that went into my now-defunct journal was rather negative...

Mon, Jan. 3rd, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)

Ok, now I am a subscriber.

wow, your icon looks younger. ;)