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Published: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 18:56:20 -0800

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Finally! RSS for everything!

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 18:55:54 -0800

New feature: RSS on all threads. If you're using IE7, Firefox, or Safari, open any thread on mefi, ask mefi, metatalk, music, or travel and you'll see a small RSS icon in your address bar. Click that, and you'll find a feed of the post and all comments. We'll soon add explicit links on the pages themselves, but for now the autodiscovery tag should work. Use this feature to track new comments on questions you've asked, threads you were interested in hearing followups, and any other thread you'd like to stay up to date on in your RSS reader.



By: mathowie

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 18:56:20 -0800

Just toss /rss on the end of thread URLs. See?

http://metatalk.metafilter.com/14579/Finally-RSS-for-everything/rss



By: Brandon Blatcher

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:04:52 -0800

Cool, thanks Matt!



By: carsonb

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:13:13 -0800

Excellent work!

Speaking of Travel, how's that coming along?



By: cortex

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:15:04 -0800

It's...getting there!



By: CitrusFreak12

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:15:26 -0800

Ba dum TISH



By: voidcontext

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:21:14 -0800

This is awesome.



By: ottereroticist

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:23:12 -0800

Hawt.



By: schnee

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:28:24 -0800

Woohoo! Thanks!



By: Manjusri

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:32:36 -0800

Very cool.



By: nenequesadilla

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:38:40 -0800

Yee-haw! Nice work.



By: Tuwa

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:51:28 -0800

Very nice.



By: anaelith

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:57:57 -0800

Neat! Now what I really, really, really want is an RSS of my recent activity page, so I can get a combined feed of all the new posts in threads that I've posted in, so that I can quit refreshing constantly on these slow days weeks lives.



By: achmorrison

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 20:01:12 -0800

Very neat!

Can we also get RSS feeds for the popular favorites page?

I'll provide my own saddle.



By: mullingitover

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 20:04:39 -0800

Matt, you rock. You have earned beer.



By: mathowie

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 20:04:42 -0800

Can we also get RSS feeds for the popular favorites page?

We haven't yet because stuff moves onto and off of that page every hour or so. It doesn't really make sense for RSS.



By: kokogiak

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 20:12:41 -0800

Excellent - been waiting for this.

Now for a way to make the RSS feeds 'disposable' (like disappear after 90 days), but that's a task for Feed Readers, more likely.



By: Alvy Ampersand

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 20:19:26 -0800

Finally, I can read 600 MeFi Feeds For Pleasure and Profit!



By: achmorrison

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 20:22:09 -0800

We haven't yet because stuff moves onto and off of that page every hour or so. It doesn't really make sense for RSS.

So much for my plan for the MetaFilterFiltered feed. Oh well.



By: RMD

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 20:34:02 -0800

Yes, today is a day when the mods have truly earned beer, or if they so choose, a "sleeping in".



By: Abiezer

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 20:45:32 -0800

This will make it much easier for me to scrape the site to populate my GoogleAd farm!



By: WCityMike

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 20:54:44 -0800

How utterly cool. Much obliged. :)



By: muckster

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 21:04:32 -0800

Sweet.



By: Manjusri

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 21:14:39 -0800

The subscribe link is a bit of a distracting focal point in its current location. Perhaps it would be better at the bottom of the thread? That would also typically be the point at which I might choose to subscribe.



By: matty

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 21:18:13 -0800

Wellll, crap. NOW what am I gonna ask for for Christmas?

Hurray!!



By: cgc373

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 21:18:51 -0800

Manjusri speaks aright, to my mind, mathowie. Please link us at the end!



By: mathowie

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 21:22:08 -0800

Alright, I'll move the link down to the end in a day or two.



By: Mitheral

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 21:38:53 -0800

kokogiak writes "Now for a way to make the RSS feeds 'disposable' (like disappear after 90 days),"

30 days for the blue and grey, 1 year for the green.



By: davejay

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 21:46:50 -0800

Oh crap, my RSS reader is about to be filled to the rim.



By: mathowie

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 22:20:32 -0800

Oh good call. Maybe I'll only generate them for a limited time, when comments are allowed on them, and then simply bounce requests after that. That might keep the load down.



By: hootch

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 22:47:39 -0800

great addition to the site. thanks!



By: misha

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 23:12:05 -0800

Excellent addition!



By: Deathalicious

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 02:09:55 -0800

No, keep the link at the top. Just make it tiny, and then add a nice big one below the Post Comment.



By: Brandon Blatcher

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 05:12:42 -0800

Can we keep the RSS icon at the top? It makes sense for it to be there, in a consistent place, as opposed to at the end, which will always shift. If it's that distracting to folks, maybe just drop the icon and use a text link instead?



By: gleuschk

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 05:46:11 -0800

So rockin'. How rockin'? Extremely rockin'.



By: smackfu

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 05:47:50 -0800

The subscribe link is a bit of a distracting focal point in its current location.

What he said.



By: tmcw

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 06:10:23 -0800

Nice, it's a godsend.



By: misskaz

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 07:39:41 -0800

You know what's awesome-ist about this? I can use it to circumvent my work's web filter and read the comments in threads that would otherwise get blocked. Whee, RSS!



By: desjardins

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 07:48:11 -0800

I got a pony!



By: Bryan Behrenshausen

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 07:54:11 -0800

Fantastic. Thank you!



By: gleuschk

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 08:13:22 -0800

If you do stop generating the feeds when the threads close after N days, maybe have the closing-function add one more entry to the RSS feed, saying that the thread is closed? That'd be a good reminder to unsubscribe.



By: Skorgu

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 09:11:40 -0800

foreach ($mods as $mod) $skorgu->buyBeer($mod);



By: Ynoxas

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 09:19:28 -0800

If you do stop generating the feeds when the threads close after N days, maybe have the closing-function add one more entry to the RSS feed, saying that the thread is closed? That'd be a good reminder to unsubscribe.
posted by gleuschk at 10:13 AM on July 19


What he said.



By: stavrosthewonderchicken

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 21:08:59 -0800

So I wanted to get a feed for my own favorites (threads, preferably), but tacking on /rss to the URL just takes me to an old (I assume -- the locations of things have gotten a bit bewildering to me these days) "Posts and comments from across all sites, marked as a favorite most often in the past seven days."

I assume this is unintended.

So, can we get our faves (ie threads we've saved as favorites) as a feed?



By: srboisvert

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 02:13:13 -0800

I am going to fill my pool with metafilter now.



By: Bugbread

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 03:30:52 -0800

I'm missing something probably basic: how do I get the new comments to show up at the top? As it is, all new stuff shows up at the bottom, which is how MeFi (and most boards like this) works, but kinda counterinstinctual for an RSS reader.



By: rush

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 11:45:10 -0800

It would be great if this worked for answered questions on ask mefi...



By: cortex

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 11:54:52 -0800

How do you mean, rush?



By: Bugbread

Sat, 21 Jul 2007 08:07:56 -0800

Ah. Either I looked at it wrong earlier (bad me!) or mathowie modified it (good mathowie!), because now the new stuff all shows up at the top. Very very nice ^_^



By: grouse

Sun, 22 Jul 2007 08:37:57 -0800

The RSS feeds are starting to show up in Google searches. I doubt this is what anyone wants. I would suggest that they be disallowed in robots.txt.

Does anyone read the posts down here? If not, I can post a new thread.



By: homodigitalis

Sun, 22 Jul 2007 08:56:36 -0800

Thanks!



By: rush

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 14:04:56 -0800

cortex - I'm particularly addicted to the "Answered" tab on ask mefi - http://ask.metafilter.com/home/answered/. However, my attempts to rss it, with http://ask.metafilter.com/home/answered/rss have proven unsuccessful. I can only get an RSS feed of all of the questions, not just the ones that have answers marked as "best."

I'm not griping - the rss functionality is great. I'm just adding another small grain to the pile of requests.

Thank you for asking!



By: cortex

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 14:32:10 -0800

Oh ho! I get you now. Yeah, that'd be a neat feed to keep around.

(As I understand it, the "add /rss" thing is specifically a hack on the threads proper, so it won't do nothin' on any of the specialty urls, but that doesn't mean we couldn't build a feed.)



By: chunking express

Thu, 26 Jul 2007 09:22:10 -0800

Are there RSS feeds for user comments?



By: sidereal

Fri, 27 Jul 2007 06:15:54 -0800

I would love to have an RSS feed for the "Recent Flickr Photos" page, recentphotos.mefi. I know it's not updated frequently, but that's ok, I'd only look once a day anyways.