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Published: Fri, 02 Jan 2009 13:35:03 -0800

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MetaFilter Feeds Glitch

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 13:30:29 -0800

You might see old MetaFilter posts or comments showing up as new in Google Reader thanks to a new year glitch we fixed today.

Here's the glitch: every post or comment that flows out in RSS feeds has a Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) that news readers like Google Reader use to identify items. As part of this identifier, MetaFilter was using the current year instead of the year associated with the original post or comment. So when the year rolled over yesterday, hilarity ensued. Not quite Zune-levels of hilarity, but enough to be embarrassed about. Google saw the new IDs for these old items and presented the items as new. Sorry about that. We've had a good number of questions about this and want to let everyone know that 2009 (and beyond) will be filled with permanent, non-changing GUIDs.

By: mathowie

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 13:35:03 -0800

I just want to reiterate the bug is mostly me sticking "current year" in the GUID instead of "year that post was made". That meant a post from two weeks ago (2008) would show up as new today since it suddenly had a new GUID (kinda like a permalink in the xml/rss world) so it seemed new to Google Reader.

Back when I wrote the feeds, the GUID element was poorly documented and barely explained so I misinterpreted it. It shouldn't happen again though, so I think we're good after this initial hiccup.

By: blue_beetle

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 13:47:45 -0800

So MeFi GUIDs are neither global, unique, or identifiers?

By: smackfu

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 13:48:21 -0800

Dammit, I was going to make a Zune joke.

By: ardgedee

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 13:49:02 -0800

Thanks for this, guys. RSS is about the only way I can keep up with Mefi some days so this is greatly appreciated.

By: The Great Big Mulp

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 14:00:39 -0800


Oh, wait. It's not that serious.

By: jason's_planet

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 14:04:57 -0800

Thank you for keeping us posted, pb.

By: QIbHom

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 14:55:56 -0800

Wow, they are as useful as ISBNs!

By: jessamyn

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 15:15:16 -0800

pb is so awesome. He is awesome like this all the time.

By: lukemeister

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 17:15:13 -0800

I'm so glad I stuck with bloglines through thick and thin.

By: krautland

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 17:28:36 -0800

Dammit, I was going to make a Zune joke.

me, too.

By: SlyBevel

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 17:43:37 -0800

At last, a perk for Bloglines users. Too bad the service is shit in almost all other ways.

Too bad GReader's limited feature set (and asinine layout) won't let me jump ship.

Oh, and flame away. I know that GReader fans abound. :)

By: lukemeister

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 17:52:31 -0800

You mean like about the elephants that Hannibal brought through the Alps in the Second Zunic War?

By: goodnewsfortheinsane

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 17:59:50 -0800

Yeah I was all like, man people are posting AskMes about Holland in the new year.

Seriously, thanks for the heads-up pb.

By: SlyBevel

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 17:59:56 -0800

Too bad I used "too bad" twice in the same breath above. Idiot.

By: sveskemus

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 18:18:07 -0800

I had been wondering about what was going on. Thanks for keeping us posted.

By: lukemeister

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 18:53:59 -0800


I will join you in Metafilter Users against Google Reader (MUGR).

By: Brandon Blatcher

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 19:24:42 -0800

Dammit, I was going to make a Zune joke.

Too zune!

By: Alvy Ampersand

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 21:30:39 -0800

Dammit, I was going to make a Zune joke.

Microsoft beat all of you to that, I'm afraid.

By: cortex

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 23:32:47 -0800

What's RSS?

By: cgc373

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 23:43:13 -0800

Fine, cortex. Since you seem to need the answer so badly: 20$SAIT. Okay?

By: lukemeister

Sat, 03 Jan 2009 09:21:02 -0800

What's RSS? It's part of the Metafilter Sports Network.

By: Jahaza

Sat, 03 Jan 2009 16:46:46 -0800

Hulu seemed to have the same problem.