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Frequency, usage . ..

10:46 am on Oct 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm setting up an RSS aggregator for users of my site, which will pull in feeds from various other sites of interest.

Now, I figure that if someone is publishing an RSS feed, they can't complain too much about what people do with it - if you make it easy to use, people are going to use it.

However, I don't want to annoy anyone, so . . .

1) Frequency of updates. I've currently got it set to 30 minutes, but will probably change it to one hour once the novelty of the frequent updates wears off.

2) Ads. I think I'd be annoyed if I saw the RSS feed from my own site being used on a page carrying ads, particularly if there was nothing else there but the ads and my content. Agreed?

3) Re-publishing. It occurs to me that once I've got this aggregator set up, it'd be very easy to make it into another RSS feed for those who prefer desktop aggregators. Does that sound reasonable?

Just wondering what everyone thinks. I know I CAN do all of the above and apart from request I remove their feed, there's not much anyone can do. However, what do you think you SHOULD do?


11:37 am on Oct 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think that most of the RSS formats have an optional field indicating how often the content changes - I would suggest using that. (For example, my primary RSS feed never changes more than once a day - so looking any more than that is just a waste for everyone.)