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By: Aristotle Pagaltzis

Sun, 24 Jun 2007 08:37:48 +0000

I’m not surprised it doesn’t. To my knowledge, no software anywhere has ever actually implemented tombstones, and in particular, no aggregators do. They were thrown around on the Atom WG list for a while and some people who are involved with some of the bigger syndication-related products/projects called them a cool idea, but obviously nothing came of any of that. Ah well.

By: Julian

Sun, 24 Jun 2007 05:31:27 +0000

[This comment is just for the record, because I forgot the details of this discussion, and will probably forget it again.] WordPress 2.2.1, with better-than-ever Atom support, does not support tombstones. Deleted comments do not appear in any way in the Atom feed. Hence, they will continue to appear in Google Reader and the like. The solution isn't here yet. I know this because I just installed another test blog and tried it out.

By: Julian

Thu, 22 Mar 2007 01:48:39 +0000

Thanks, Aristotle. That would have been exactly what I/we needed. For the Google-deficient: The expired Internet Draft for Atom Syndication Format Tombstones If the IETF can't agree on Plan A, then perhaps Plan B would work. If a comment is deleted after it appeared in a feed for the first time, keep it in the feed, but change the text to "Spam deleted." Poor usability, but at least the spammer doesn't win, because the feed aggregator's cache should be overwritten. Note: Don't do this for every deleted comment, or you will get Denial of Service on your comment feed - only do it for the ones that lasted long enough to make it to the feed at least once. Note: An almost-equivalent solution would for me not to manually delete comments as spam, but instead to edit them to "Spam deleted". However, that would mean that the HTML web-site would be polluted with these spam-corpses, not just the RSS feed.

By: Aristotle Pagaltzis

Thu, 22 Mar 2007 00:23:50 +0000

A proper solution for this was proposed in the (now expired) Atom Tombstones I-D. Google that phrase to find it.