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May 10, 2006

Blogging for a Planet (continued)

Since Planet MySQL has become a discussion board about how to write for a planet I'll throw out the suggestion that having cake and eating it is possible with syndication. I agree with Stewart that if you're using an RSS aggregator that you do want the full feed, otherwise you're left clicking somewhere which is really annoying when you're trying to get through any significant number of feeds.

Right now I'm feeding Planet MySQL RSS 2.0, which contains just the entry description. In Moveable Type that corresponds to the entry body. Anything that goes into the "extended body" isn't in the feed and available only by visiting the page for that entry on my site.

On the other hand, my Atom feed defines a "summary" and a "content" tag. My Atom feed has the summary (or MT Body) in the summary tag. The content tag contains both the body and the extended body.

So let's assume that Planet MySQL could handle Atom feeds from the various contributors. Is it too much of a stretch to have the Planet MySQL web site display the summary info from the Atom feed and then make summary and full RSS feeds available so folks could subscribe to their preference?

Of course, in order to make this work everyone that contributes would have to provide an Atom feed and *more importantly* use the extended body for anything beyond their summary paragraph.

Posted by mike at May 10, 2006 12:36 PM