Free Hogg

02.13.06

Quest for Full-Text Feeds: the results.

Filed under: Feeds — Hogg @ 8:27 pm

So I e-mailed all of the blogs that I currently read (or used to read) asking them if they would please switch over to full-text feeds so that I don’t have to waste my time clicking on a link and then waiting for their page to load. Here’s what they wrote back to me (edited for length).

Blog #1

I only use the feeds that are available as default with WordPress. As far as I know, no full text feed is available.

. . . a more important reason for myself: I want to be able to have good statistics in one place over how many people read my posts, and that is through checking the visitors to my web site.

Blog #2

. . . it would be nice to consume the articles with out clicking through to each site. The primary issue I have is that the articles revolve so much around the [web design] samples. I can’t very well feed that data through an rss feed which is ment to be text only. Well, at least I don’t think I can . . .

Blog #3

. . . given the purposes of my blog, offering a full-text feed does not mesh with my goals. So it is unlikely that I’ll offer that in the future.

I use these blogs to market my professional services. If people do not visit the site I don’t get that benefit.

Blog #4

I would like to offer full-text feeds, but I have seen too many cases of content theft where my articles are republished in full without permission. Full-text feeds make that too easy . . .

Blog #5

I’ve done full text in the past and it blows up too much so the feed fails. This has to do with the way WordPress handles certain character sets when you do a lot of cut and paste (which we do). I thus gave up on the full feed.

Blog #6

. . . spammers copy my RSS feed and re-publish the instant I update my blog — without my permission. Giving them a full-text feed would increase this problem.

I need the feedback to know who reads my blog — this is what “loads up my battery” and adds meaning to what I do. The best way for that for me is to look at my traffic stats, and blog readers often do not show these for me.

I’m currently trying to take my blog full-time ’cause I love blogging. The one who pay me are the advertisers who have banners on my blog. Facing the choice between introducing ads right in the RSS feed, which I know many people would also dislike, or showing them on my own site, I believe the latter is a better alternative.

And now for the good news. Two of the blogs I e-mailed actually did change to a full-text feed due to my request. Interestingly enough, they were both Linux blogs.

Linux and Open Source Blog

upon your request I have changed the option to full test.

Ubuntu Blog first said:

Much as I hate excerpt feeds myself, I have found a bunch of websites, some of which are just link-farms for serving ads use my full text fed for reproducing my posts ad-verbatim, without my permission. As a workaround . . . I changed the feed to show only excerpts.

But wait, there’s more!

I just enabled full-text feeds. Some re-blogging sites will now carry my full articles, but I guess it is all for the better! I hope that reduces your inconvenience.

So if you’re into Linux, or even if you’re not, give these guys some support and show them our appreciation.

technorati tags: feed, feeds, rss, blog, blogs

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5 Comments »

  1. always welcome 🙂

    Blogs are there to distribute information after all ….

    Comment by linux — 02.14.06 @ 2:47 pm

  2. I hope my computer does not crash as I post this comment. Good going!

    Comment by objectivism definition — 03.14.06 @ 1:29 pm

  3. Honestly, I understand many of the problems presented by those hesitant to use full feeds.

    Those that are worried about content theft do have a legitimate concern. However, one solution you might want to offer those sites is the idea of putting a footer into the feed itself. That way, if the feed is scraped, the identifying information remains intact and it’s easy to track down and stop thieves.

    This, in my opinion, is a much better solution than simply hacking the feed. It doesn’t inconvenience users and it enables users to actually track down spammers.

    One other possibility to consider for them would be to use Feedburner to track “Uncommon Uses” of a feed. To that end, Feedburner has been an invaluable tool.

    Comment by Jonathan — 04.16.06 @ 8:53 pm

  4. Well said, Jonathan.

    Comment by Hogg — 04.17.06 @ 7:31 am

  5. […] A while back I wrote e-mails to all of the bloggers whose feed I subscribed to asking them to change to a full-text feed. A lot of them said no, and a major reason was because of content theft. […]

    Pingback by Free Hogg. » Blog Archive » Don’t let your stuff get stolen. — 04.17.06 @ 12:40 pm


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