Alexander Temerev (sorhed) wrote in lj_dev,
Alexander Temerev

RSS issues

Hi there, fellow developers! My name is Alexander Temerev; I just have joined this community to discuss some issues regarding RSS feeds in LJ (you can even treat me as an RSS evangelist, if you wish so <g>). I am a Java and Perl developer from Russia.

The first thing I would like to ask - why there are still no default RSS view for friends page? I know that there are some pretty style hacks to implement this feature... but those are poorly documented and available only for paid accounts. "Another reason to switch to paid account", you say. Well, yes, but viewing friends' posts as RSS would dramatically reduce database and web load, isn't it? It's a common reason to fetch only the sensible things - RSS feed, I mean.

Also, there are some conflicts with RSS writing recommendations in LJ RSS feeds. It's recommended to strip out all HTML markup (and maybe LJ-specific tags) from RSS feeds, for letting RSS aggregators know what to do. Have you any comments on this?

And there will be a nice feature to support rssCloud service from RSS 2.0 specification, but there are some very important issues to solve before starting implementation (I propose that there should be a single cloud for EVERY LJ user and community, which contains user's friends and community members). There are so much to do... Currently I'm developing reference rssCloud server in Java, and I'm very impressed on the possibilities. What plans does LJ developers have on continuing RSS integration?

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