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Published: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:11:45 -0800

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Google Seceder

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:11:45 -0800

PSA: Google Reader shuts down in two weeks. Several alternatives capable of importing your subscription lists and starred items (exportable via Google Takeout) have popped up since the closure announcement, and that's OK. But there's one highly valuable aspect of Reader nobody can replicate and that will soon be lost forever: Reader's vast archive of cached feed data. Here's how to save it all. Every feed ever submitted to Reader has its metadata, plaintext, and other embedded media stored in Reader's servers -- even for sites that died years ago. For many sites, it is the last remaining record of their content -- an ordered, organized, comprehensive, and searchable list of thousands of items where coverage is spotty or robots.txt files block the way. This huge trove of data, which made Reader's personalized search of all your subscriptions so powerful, is being destroyed at the end of the month. But while Google Takeout lets you easily export several kinds of data, including an OPML subscription list and starred items, this far more complete archive is hidden away in Google's server racks. Luckily, the unofficial Reader API gives users (unintentional?) access to this database, and can provide a complete list of any feed's contents for backup. offers a page with a plain textbox that will generate this page for you. Just drop in an RSS feed URL and hit the download link to get a raw JSON formatted list of up to 9,999 items. You can also get these results yourself using this URL:[ENCODED FEED URL HERE]?n=9999 Note that the feed URL needs to be encoded; you can do that using this tool. Also, you can tweak the number at the end if you want less data, but I'm not sure if 10,000 is the upper limit. You can find the feed URL for any site you're subscribed to in Reader by going to its feed, clicking the "Feed Settings..." button up top, choosing "View details and statistics", then copying the blue Feed URL shown in the window. This is an invaluable tool for any site you'd like to save -- personal blogs, long-dead websites, ones with rejiggered content schemes, paywalls, or contents that are difficult to Google Bing.* Two that may be of interest to Mefites: a rolling, daily list of the most popular posts and comments across the site, going back years. Lastly, if you'd like to aid Mefi's Own jscott's Archive Team in their ongoing effort to discover and back up as many Reader feed contents as possible, you can join them on their project page! * FROM HELL'S HEART I STAB AT THEE

We Need a Hero

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 08:38:07 -0800

@mathowie: "I think RSS is so important that I'd take a job (leaving MeFi) at any startup aiming to make an improved Google Reader (w/ social features). [...] I'm serious, and feel free to email me. MetaFilter can continue with the employees running things."

I think that this maybe merits some serious discussion here, pronto. So I slept on it, had a scrumptious muffin, did some fancy meditation exercises, and yep, STILL REALLY REALLY ANGRY ABOUT GOOGLE READER. And I'm not the only one. pb is "extremely upset." Warren Ellis is losing "the most effective tool [he] has." Ezra Klein uses it "more than any single web site or app save Gmail." Felicia Day is having none of it. Small-scale blogs are in danger. A petition has surpassed 50,000 signatures. Reader's death trended above a new pope on Twitter. It seems Google has kicked the entire blogosphere in the collective chin. But a light shineth in the darkness. Clearly, a competent, no-frills feed reader is vitally important to not only the sort of people who read Metafilter -- bloggers, webmasters, curators, journalists -- but to the founder himself, to the point he'd be willing to leave the project he's built for 13 years. But there's no need to split the gang up, right? So why don't we game it out here. Questions to consider: Is this something that MeFi would be capable of hosting? Should it be in-house, or could we partner with an existing project? Would it even be possible to persuade Google to open-source Reader's code? Exactly how much of Reader would we be able to replicate? Interface? The fetch mechanism? APIs? Would it be available to everyone, or just registered Mefites? Would it charge a fee? I'd be willing to pay a subscription for a trustworthy Reader clone hosted by a site as longstanding as MeFi. Most importantly, names... It's a big endeavor, but it would be fit right into Metafilter's mission to filter the best of the web, while providing a big beacon for all the literate, web-savvy people left out in the cold by Google's caprice. There are plenty of alternatives springing up, but MeFi could provide the imprimatur of reputation and experience to make for the very best solution. It could be the smart, effective alternative to Reader, just like AskMe is to Yahoo Answers or We have the userbase, the technical knowhow, the desire, the connections. Let's make it happen. For the sake of future FPP sources everywhere, let's help save the small-scale web.

New iCal Subscription URL

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 13:47:13 -0800

Hey meetup fans, we have a new iCalendar Meetups Subscription location. For the past couple of days we've had trouble with the service hosting our iCal subscription file so we switched to a locally-hosted version. We're going to keep the old iCal URL active for as long as we can, but it's been flaky so we recommend updating your iCal subscription to this URL: webcal://

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.

Two new features, feeds and more feeds

Tue, 17 Jun 2008 13:18:54 -0800

Two new features: resolved question sidebar (and feed) and RSS feeds for the Popular favorites page. All is explained within. We've noticed and sort of helped push the ad-hoc use of the "resolved" tag to Ask MeFi posts where you tried out the advice and it worked or you figured out the name of the book you were looking for. Recently, we mods have taken it upon ourselves to scope out old threads that were getting updates and applying the tag wherever we could. It's always nice to know people solved their problems but there was no easy way to highlight a 7 month old thread where someone figured out the perfect solution. So we added a sidebar on the "answered" tab of Ask MeFi, ordered by how recently the resolved tag was added to them. There's also a feed if you really like closure and want to see new ones added automatically. We hope people continue to use the tag to mark off their questions when they're done and have posted updates late in the thread. The other new feature is a feed for popular posts (RSS) and popular comments (RSS) across all MeFi sites. Before today, you would have to glance at the page to keep up, but now you can add the feeds to your RSS reader of choice (it works great in Google Reader) and you'll see 2-3 new posts or comments in each feed per day. I've been following both feeds for about a week and they're great -- the posts feed is mostly Ask MeFi and it's definitely the best of the best, the comments feed is half jokey quips and half super useful comments from mefi or ask mefi where someone explains the hell out of something.

Podcast feeds from music playlists seem not to be working.

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 19:15:55 -0800

Podcast feeds from music playlists seem not to be working.. at least it isn't on this one. Comes up okay in the browser, but when pasting it into iTunes it looks like iTunes isn't seeing anything to work with and it never loads up a list. Unless it's just my comp acting up. Possible.

RSS Feed Issues

Thu, 29 Mar 2007 07:31:54 -0800

RSS gone bad? Metafilter Jobs, Ask Metafilter, and Metatalk are showing front page Metafilter posts instead of their respective posts. I'm using Google Reader, if that matters. I tried adding the feeds using Sage to see what was up, and it finds feeds but won't find any actual posts.

Tagged post not appearing in feed

Wed, 13 Dec 2006 10:32:46 -0800

I subscribe to a handful of askmefi tags via RSS in Google Reader, one of which is delicious (for when people don't use the tag). Any idea why this post hasn't shown up in GR at all, or am I asking in the wrong place?

Feeds by tab

Sat, 28 Oct 2006 08:36:25 -0800

NewTabsIWannaPonyFilter: For the various stuff that has now been tabbed-up on AskMeFi, MeFi, and MeTa, it would be wonderful for those of us who primarily browse by RSS feed if we had the option of subscribing to individual RSS feeds for the tabs in question. Hell of a lot more work, I imagine, but I'm just talking in an ideal world.

Repeated posts in RSS

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 04:03:04 -0800

I've been seeing something strange on metafilter, for quite some time now. Posts from certain people appear over and over again in my RSS feed (about once an hour). I would think this was a flaw in my RSS reader (which is intraVnews, btw), but it is always the posts of the same small set of users. It seems to not be an effect on all posts, or on a random selection of posts, but on all posts from a very few posters (whose names I'll withhold as not to sound accusatory).

So, is this a spamming effort being effected by some users? For instance, if one were to periodically edit ones own posts, could one achieve the effect of getting into the RSS feed over and over? Or perhaps there's some other trick. I've corresponded with jessamyn on this, and probably been a pain (sorry). She recommended I contact mathowie (who I imagine reads this) and metatalk.

Tag feeds in Ask MeFi don't work in NetNewsWire

Wed, 26 Jul 2006 12:11:02 -0800

Tag feeds (like this one) in Ask MeFi don't work in NetNewsWire though they work in Safari. Can anyone duplicate this or offer me a solution?

RSS feeds for tags on both mefi and ask mefi

Wed, 01 Feb 2006 12:20:14 -0800

New feature: RSS feeds for tags on both mefi and ask mefi (example). Tag pages have links to feeds, or just add /rss to the URL to get the feed.

RSS 2.0 feed test

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 14:44:28 -0800

RSSdorkfilter: Here is a proposed RSS 2.0 feed complete with timestamps, tags, and author names added. Here's how it looks in bloglines. Is there anything missing for any app writers that use the feed? (paging Rothko...)

Comments RSS for each thread

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 06:30:06 -0800

May I have per-thread RSS feeds with comments for Christmas?

Is the feed broken?

Wed, 17 Aug 2005 09:47:09 -0800

XML feed error?

RSS feeds for comments and tags? Maybe per user?

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 15:20:31 -0800

I'd like to see individual comments feeds for all MeFi posts. This would make threads much easier to track. Also, could we get feeds for MeFi tags too perhaps? And what about feeds for each user's posts and comments, like how 43 Things uses them.

How do I get the feeds into my AvantGo channels?

Tue, 08 Mar 2005 18:56:21 -0800

Matt's Blogline, My Yahoo, &c. ponies have me wonderin': how can I get the feeds into my AvantGo channels? I woulda ast in AxMe, but the warning screen sayeth take it to Meta if'n youse is gonna ask bout the Meta-stuff.

RSS Feeds for MeTa and AskMe

Sun, 31 Oct 2004 13:05:39 -0800

I've just started playing around with NetNewsWire Lite, and was wondering... are there RSS feeds for MetaTalk and AskMe?

I've been searching, but maybe I've been looking in the wrong place...


Some problems with Atom feed

Tue, 22 Jun 2004 12:10:28 -0800

Atom feed. I've been trying to cobble some code together that'll do interesting things with the atom feed here but most times it comes up as mangled (Firefox says the same too). Any one else having problems? Any chance of it being fixed?

Why doesn't Metatalk have an RSS feed?

Mon, 17 May 2004 15:41:36 -0800

Why doesn't Metatalk have an RSS feed? Or have I missed it?

Can Posts Have Titles?

Thu, 07 Nov 2002 16:30:29 -0800

A while back there was a discussion about the non-informative RSS/RDF/XML feed titles, due to the fact that metafilter/metatalk threads don't have 'titles' as such. Could we perhaps have a an extra field in the 'post an FPP' form marked 'Post title' or something that was less than some arbitrary limit of characters long and could be used for things like the feeds, and more importantly (and the reason I'm requesting this) for page titles.
I tend to open all the links I want to read in one go. When I click on the "(n new)" link I don't go to the top of the story, and so when I get to the page after reading other FPPs, I don't know what this story's about anymore, and can't glance at the document title for a hint of the general subject as with many sites.

What is RSS for, exactly?

Thu, 23 May 2002 18:51:38 -0800

So, I'm digging mefi's RSS feed, and it finally inspired me to find out what RSS is really about. The whole idea seems so strange to me, though -- can I really just grab the feed and put it on another website? My problem is that I've seen more examples of RSS feeds being offered than examples of RSS being used. I tried to check out Ben Brown's thing, but it looks broken. None of the other mentions of RSS here on MetaTalk helped answer my question.

something wrong with the MetaFilter XML feed

Tue, 21 May 2002 07:55:20 -0800

There seems to be something wrong with the MetaFilter XML feed. I only get "posted by 'whoever »', time and date, and # of comments". Also the XML page says there is an error.

I was wondering if Metafilter outs a xml/rdf/whatever

Wed, 27 Sep 2000 20:13:44 -0800

Hi to ev'ryone.. just joine metafilter..

now to the point.. I was wondering if Metafilter outs a xml/rdf/whatever of recent conversation on the frontpage. I noticed that on matt's, he has new posts listed on the side.. and I would like to do that on a few sites of mine. any ideas?

Thx.. Dn.

New feeds available.

Mon, 17 Jul 2000 17:54:41 -0800

New feeds of MetaFilter are available.

There's a handy deepleap plugin

and a pure xml feed of the 24 hours of headlines (currently cut down to ~50 characters in length but I feed the entire post).

I'll whip up a RSS/RDF channel soon and put it at my.netscape, my.userland, or meerkat.