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By: Erik J. Heels

Thu, 18 May 2006 03:30:48 +0000

As I think you know, I use SharpReader. I initially had this post locked but marked as read. When you added your comment, it appeared as changed. I then deleted it from SharpReader, added a new comment, and the post did not re-appear in SharpReader. Which is how it should work, I believe. If an article has changed, it should appear as changed, not as new, in your feed reader. Does your reader operate differently?



By: Erik J. Heels

Thu, 18 May 2006 03:25:25 +0000

If you delete an article as read in your feed reader, will it re-appear as unread when new comments are added? Is that what you're asking? It may. I think it depends on the reader. I think it also makes sense to only have the most recent articles open for comments, which will prevent really old posts from re-appearing in your feed reader if, for example, blog spam is addded.



By: Erik J. Heels

Thu, 18 May 2006 03:20:27 +0000

Yes, that's exactly what will happen. It all depends on whether you consider that a feature or a bug. The alterntives are (1) no comments in your feed, which forces readers to go to the website for the comments (I think you blogged against summary RSS feeds this week, which do the same thing) or (2) comments in a second feed, which forces readers to subscribe to a second feed (awkward). I think my feed should look like my website pages, complete with comments, links, ads, interactivity, and the like. Feature or bug. It depends on your perspective. By the way, I discovered your comment in precisely the way you mentioned (i.e. in my feed reader). So for me, it's a feature.



By: Rick Klau

Thu, 18 May 2006 03:11:25 +0000

Won't this result in your feed item status updating every time a comment is left, resulting in me having to repeatedly view your item in my aggregator? If I understand what you've done, after I've marked the item as read, the next comment that gets left will trigger an update to the feed, which will tell my aggregator that you have new content, which will make the feed appear 'unread' again... for high-traffic posts, this could get really cumbersome for your readers. Or am I missing something?