Here we go again... except this is worse than browser wars...
I want to have newsfeeds flowing from my site, but I don't want to have to format the newsfeeds three times (RSS 2.0, RSS 1.0 and Atom) and neither do I want to only provide one type of feed at the expense of the others.
I could do without a great politically driven newsfeed war on the horizon.
Possible solution? Someone comes up with a meta-technology which converts each of the three into a format with the capabilities of the most powerful of the three.
Kind of like what Trillian does with Y! Messenger, MSN Messenger and AIM... (or something... hey, I'm clutching at straws here...)
After steering this thread off-course...sorry 'bout that...I just wanted to write that I really am having a lot of fun with these Google Groups Atom feeds. I can use my aggregator to run through a bunch of groups and then highlight topics of interest. This is really powerful.
Since the aggregator I'm using supports both Atom and RSS the format isn't really an issue. As long as the feed validates...you'd never notice it.
Fortunately I've been using an aggregator that supports Atom and RSS, so I haven't experienced the troubles mentioned in that article. If you've ever used a blog software like MovableType it's really trivial to offer multiple feeds. A lot of my sites using that software automatically generate three RSS feeds: RSS 0.92, 2.0 & Atom. I thought it was a bit odd that Google went exclusively Atom considering the schism it would cause in the market.