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RSS feeds for forums?

by Owyn / November 19, 2006 10:44 PM PST

It would be very helpful if RSS feeds were available for each CNet forum.

This would make keeping up with specific forums much more efficient.

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Hmmm, not sure......
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 20, 2006 5:22 AM PST
In reply to: RSS feeds for forums?

I visit a couple of sites where they have RSS feeds. When I get to the sites the pages freeze until the feeds kick in.

With all the visits we make back and forth from discussions back to forum list then to the next discussion, then to different forums, etc, the process would be slowed considerably. I get annoyed enough now as it is when my browser waits for www.i.i.com.com which stalls when loading adverts. Happy

Mark

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I had not noticed that however...
by Owyn / November 20, 2006 9:56 AM PST
In reply to: Hmmm, not sure......

That problem could be avoided by:
- aggregating all the podcast links on one page or
- hiding the link behind a subscribe to script button or
- providing a user profile option for RSS instead of email

The last option could provide personalized feeds.

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I've heard it mentioned...
by John.Wilkinson / November 20, 2006 7:57 AM PST
In reply to: RSS feeds for forums?

It already exists for product reviews and a few other Cnet 'services' and I've heard it mentioned for the 'wishlist,' though the time frame is another issue.

John

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Yep. I understood that....
by Owyn / November 20, 2006 10:14 AM PST

The post was triggered by changes I have been making at my end plus the discussions re. the forum digests.

I have been re-factoring my web interactions around the Google Personalized Home Page. I switched from Bloglines to Google Reader as part of this and in addition to the automatically generated tags I have assigned a "Watch" tag to selected feeds. My GPHP reader gadget is set to display new posts for "Watch".

Thought it would be handy to pick up a feed for this forum in particular and add it to my Watch list.

My current implementation is a bookmark folder with links to all the forums I want to check regularly. I open all in tabs and then burn through the topics after I have finished my pass through my feeds. The individual forum tabs are closed off as I complete the pass.

My needs are obviously different from a moderators. I wanted to, but did not need to, stay current with the forums. I needed to improve (reduce) the amount of time that I "wasted" looking at forum posts. I also needed to keep any non-task oriented links away from my desktop. I have very little won't power, so the easiest way to resist temptation is not to be tempted.

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