Ever wonder how long a hoax page could last on Wikipedia if the subject was technical enough to scare off most readers? The answer appears to be six months. I recently discovered the Wikipedia page for RDX, a syndication format that doesn't exist outside of the encyclopedia and the mind of its creator. I thought I had heard of every feed format after four years on the RSS Advisory Board, but RDX was new to me, so I did a little digging into the subject. As far as I can determine, every single thing in the article ... read more

Meme13 is getting knocked around a bit by people who think that it's just another scraper republishing RSS feeds, hurting the search-engine rank and traffic of the publishers who created the content. Two of those people are Tony Hung and Darren Rowse, bloggers currently featured on Meme13. Hung writes: ... Meme13 is simply pulling feeds and republishing them all. Like any good ol' scraper blog. ... More of the GD same -- and what's really funny (again, not in a ha ha way) is not even that Meme13 acknowledges what ... read more

Steven Hodson writes: I get a real kick out of it when people start pontificating on why the tech blogosphere is becoming nothing more than [a] self-fulfilling chamber filled with the dull echos of me-too posting that attach themselves like leeches to the supposed brilliant writings of the blogosphere mucky mucks. Me too. Every six months or so, techbloggers reach the joint realization that we're all linking to the same people having the same thoughts about the same subjects. Somebody blames Techmeme, a site that ... read more

Netscape announced this afternoon that the first two versions of RSS, RSS 0.90 and RSS 0.91, are moving to the RSS Advisory Board. The RSS specification documents, DTDs, and help files for the first versions of RSS (v0.9, v0.91) are being moved to RSSBoard.org, where they will be hosted by the RSS Advisory Board in perpetuity. Netscape will continue to host these files (via redirect) on the My Netscape domain (my.netscape.com) until August 1st, 2008. Netscape launched RSS on March 15, 1999, with the My Netscape ... read more

Two new members have joined the RSS Advisory Board: Sterling "Chip" Camden and Simone Carletti. Camden's a software developer who covers technology and programming topics for TechRepublic. He also writes about RSS frequently on his weblogs Chip's Quips and Chip's Tips. A commercial programmer since 1978, Camden has created the OPML Blogroll and OPML Browser widgets for the WordPress weblog publishing platform. He's also a supporter of the yearly Providing Autism Research golf tournament in Pleasanton, Calif. The ... read more

The RSS Profile includes a recommendation to add an atom:link element to an RSS feed to identify its URL, as in this example from my own blog: <atom:link href="http://feeds.cadenhead.org/workbench" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml" /> To make this work, all I had to do was declare the atom namespace in the feed's rss element: <rss version="2.0" xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom"> The addition of atom:link, by letting an RSS feed reveal its own address, makes the feed easier to cache, send as ... read more

The proposal to endorse and publish the RSS Profile has passed 8-1 with RSS Advisory Board members Christopher Finke, James Holderness, Eric Lunt, Randy Charles Morin, Paul Querna, Jake Savin, Jason Shellen and myself voting in favor and Matthew Bookspan voting against. The RSS Profile makes it easier for feed publishers and programmers to implement RSS 2.0, offering advice on issues that arise as you develop software that employs the format. For 18 months, the board worked with the RSS community on ... read more