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Re: RSS Autodiscovery

  • Subject: Re: RSS Autodiscovery
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 16:58:47 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
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Ignoramus27036 wrote:

> On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 15:36:10 GMT, Big Bill <kruse@cityscape.co.uk> wrote:
>> Roy, what good does it do you that more and more people subscribe to
>> your site? I'm looking for specifics here (pretty please) as I think
>> there are distinctions which mean that RSS is simply inappropriate for
>> a lot of people who are over-enthusiastically embracing it - paying
>> for being told how to use it, too.
> My main goal of having RSS on algebra.com is that
> 1) free registered tutors would be subscribed to the feed of unsolved
> problems, and therefore will be able to pick more problems and solve
> them sooner. Solving problems on my site is addictive.
> 2) students would be subscribed to the feed of solved problems,
> perhaps they will learn something from solved problems.
> 3) Regular users would be apprised of my changes in a regular fashion.
> These are not typical "opinion blog" or "tips and tricks" RSS feeds,
> they are basically feeds of user content submissions.
> Does it make any logical sense?

I find feeds most useful in forums. Do you know the annoying habit of going
round and round, back and forth looking for replies or new topics? In
Igor's case, the same may apply in the form of solutions to problems and
new problems respectively. Feeds will be a _huge_ selling point assuming
users know how to use them. You might want to include a short
feeds-oriented FAQ section. I know I have.


PS - In case you wondered about the subject line being changed, it is my
attempt to better summarise the points contained within. This thread has
taken many turns into different topics and only 2-3 people keep track.

Roy S. Schestowitz

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