| ||Ask HN: Is the disappearance of RSS feeds affecting your happiness too?|
20 points by smoyer 39 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 9 comments |
|In the last week, there have been almost a dozen articles posted here that I found interesting enough to want to read more from the author. In each case, the only way I could subscribe to their blog was to sign-up by providing them with my email address. Worse yet, these systems require that you verify your email before they start sending you SPAM. I only want to know when you publish something new ... I didn't sign up to have you send me advertising!|
The RSS protocol was specifically designed to allow this type of subscription and it works great. I've got many blogs I've been following this way for 15+ years (Dave Winer, who occasionally posts to HN has one of the oldest). It's even more disturbing when RSS feeds disappear and I end up with 404 errors in my reader. This has also happened for a couple of RSS feeds that serve podcasts (Spotify and Pandora aren't helping this trend).
I have a couple ideas that I've started working on to counteract this trend but before spending too much time on them, I wanted to see whether anyone else was feeling this pain. Depending on the response, perhaps I'll share these ideas at some point in the discussion.
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