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RSS feeds invalid?

Matthew Taylor
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I'm having a problem with some of the RSS feeds on the site. It may be because they are invalid feeds?

http://feedvalidator.org/check?url=http:%2F%2Ffaq.javaranch.com%2FRSS%2FForum0.rss


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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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What's the problem you're having, maybe someone here can help?

IMHO, I can't imagine any readers are going to have profound issues with a blank "author" tag. The issue about a space in a URL is spurious, as the "URL" is in the content of a "comments" tag. RSS readers deal perfectly well with most technically invalid RSS (just like all web browsers deal with invalid HTML.)


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Matthew Taylor
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I'm having a problem with the Groovy subforum RSS feed:

http://faq.javaranch.com/RSS/Forum90.rss

It doesn't keep up to day, apparently. I can't see anything after Aug 25. But maybe it just isn't updated daily.
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They're supposed to be updated whenever a thread is added or removed from the forum; furthermore, the items are sorted according to the date on the first post in a thread. For a low-traffic forum like Groovy, this can lead to noticeable differences between the feed and the forum. If you look at the forum and the feed, you should see that the three most recently-started threads are, indeed, the three that are listed on the feed. While there have been posts since the 25th, there have been no new threads started since then.
[ August 30, 2008: Message edited by: Ernest Friedman-Hill ]
Matthew Taylor
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I see. Thanks for looking into this.
 
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