Why you won't find me in the forum much

Nick Johnson arachnid at notdot.net
Wed Jul 25 23:53:39 CEST 2007

On 7/26/07, Rod Whitby <rod at whitby.id.au> wrote:
> I have not yet found a forum that allows you to have all new messages
> emailed to you, or to have *all* past messages since *exactly* the last
> message you saw provided to you by an RSS feed (all the feeds I've seen
> will give you the last N messages, or the last day's worth of messages,
> so if I go away for three days it is not possible to see all the
> messages I missed).

That's not how RSS is intended to work, though. With a decent reader
with offline support (such as Google Reader), you can still engage in
that usage pattern (for reading, at least) - the reader polls the feed
at regular intervals and stores the results until you read them. RSS
feeds aren't really intended to be parsed/read directly as a
substitute for a medium like email.

-Nick Johnson

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