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By: Feedonomics » Bad feeds are part of life

Fri, 23 Jun 2006 18:21:46 +0000

[...] Every once in a while Kosso starts bitching and moaning about the ridiculously poor quality of many feeds. He is at it again, and I feel his pain, but what can we do? It sometimes seems as if people who create feeds not only ignore all existing feeds, but deliberately try to come up with ways of screwing them up. It’s like some kind of passive-aggressive rebellion against the rest of the world. Aggregator publishers indulge them in this, by continually adapting to the garbage they find in feeds, and down we go in an ever worsening spiral. Should we just reject bad feeds as unreadable as the XML/Semantic Web purists insist? If we try this approach, users will just blame us for having “bugs” that can’t read their perfectly good feeds. I think complaining about the quality of feeds is like complaining about the weather in Boston, or London for that matter, two cities that Kosso calls home. If it makes you feel better, then go ahead, but don’t expect the situation to ever improve. Filed under: General by Adam Green | [...]