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What on earth a is "an RSS feed"?
« on: July 18, 2005, 07:18:38 AM »
OC.net now has an RSS feed. Let me know if you would like additional ones added.

Could someone please explain (in terms which a Luddite can understand) what exactly an "RSS feed" is?
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Re: What on earth a is "an RSS feed"?
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2005, 12:14:26 PM »
That's not for you to know! If you were a true geek you would know, and since you don't know it merely proves that you are not a true geek. Yet, maybe there is a true geek inside of you, trying to get out. Maybe peer pressure to be "cool" and "well liked" has caused you to subconsciously suppress your geekanity. You need to get in touch with the inner geek. Let him move freely throughout your soul, interpenetrating your deepest being. Then, perhaps, your inner geek will manifest itself, and you will understand so simple a matter as an RSS feed.

For the record, I have no clue what an RSS feed is either. :)

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Re: What on earth a is "an RSS feed"?
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2005, 12:23:06 PM »
Well, I'm fairly geeky, but I have no idea what an RSS feed is either.

Of course, I'm more of the Twinkie-eating, Bawls-swilling, DND-playing species of geek and not the LAN-partying, Unreal-playing, website-hacking species that Bobby is.  So maybe he can illuminate us mere mortals as to what in the Mordor an RSS feed is.

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Re: What on earth a is "an RSS feed"?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2005, 12:31:00 PM »
RSS means if you have a blog or a website and you want there to be a window on your page that has the most recent 5 posts from the forum linked, then voila, there you go it's there.
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Re: What on earth a is "an RSS feed"?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2005, 12:37:54 PM »
Does this mean that Anastasios is a true geek?  ;) ;D

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Re: What on earth a is "an RSS feed"?
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2005, 12:49:12 PM »
This just proves that he's a computer geek, which we already knew. ;D :P

And I'm thinking to stick a feed to this site on my blog, just because I can.
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Re: What on earth a is "an RSS feed"?
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2005, 03:27:18 PM »
RSS (RDF Site Summary - formerly called Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a method of describing news or other Web content that is available for "feeding" (distribution or syndication) from an online publisher to Web users. RSS is an application of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) that adheres to the World Wide Web Consortium's Resource Description Framework (RDF). Originally developed by Netscape for its browser's Netcenter channels, the RSS specification is now available for anyone to use.

A Web site that wants to "publish" some of its content, such as news headlines or stories, creates a description of the content and specifically where the content is on its site in the form of an RSS document. The publishing site then registers its RSS document with one of several existing directories of RSS publishers. A user with a Web browser or a special program that can read RSS-distributed content can read periodically-provided distributions. Some current directories of RSS files include Meerkat, GropSoup, NewsIsFree, UserLand, and XML Tree; these sites are sometimes known as content aggregators. RSS browsers include Headline Viewer and Novobot.

News is only one form of content that can be distributed with an RSS feed. Other possibilities include discussion forum excerpts, software announcements, and any form of content retrievable with a URL.


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Re: What on earth a is "an RSS feed"?
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2005, 06:03:22 AM »
[quote author=Αριστοκλής link=topic=6685.msg87850#msg87850 date=1121974038]
RSS (RDF Site Summary - formerly called Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a method of describing news or other Web content that is available for "feeding" (distribution or syndication) from an online publisher to Web users. RSS is an application of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) that adheres to the World Wide Web Consortium's Resource Description Framework (RDF). Originally developed by Netscape for its browser's Netcenter channels, the RSS specification is now available for anyone to use.

A Web site that wants to "publish" some of its content, such as news headlines or stories, creates a description of the content and specifically where the content is on its site in the form of an RSS document. The publishing site then registers its RSS document with one of several existing directories of RSS publishers. A user with a Web browser or a special program that can read RSS-distributed content can read periodically-provided distributions. Some current directories of RSS files include Meerkat, GropSoup, NewsIsFree, UserLand, and XML Tree; these sites are sometimes known as content aggregators. RSS browsers include Headline Viewer and Novobot.

News is only one form of content that can be distributed with an RSS feed. Other possibilities include discussion forum excerpts, software announcements, and any form of content retrievable with a URL.
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Re: What on earth a is "an RSS feed"?
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2005, 04:49:58 PM »
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Errr.....thanks....
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That was a good definition, but I bet you want to know what it means for YOU.

Let's say you have a favorite web portal such as My Yahoo.  You can subscribe to an RSS feed and have it display on your custom My Yahoo page.  That way, if you want to see what's new on a website, you don't have to surf over there, you can pull up your web portal and see a summary of what's new and click on those links.  It's very useful when combined with podcasting (radio "broadcasts" of shows available for download).



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Re: What on earth a is "an RSS feed"?
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2005, 10:28:41 PM »
don, dude, i love your name.
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Re: What on earth a is "an RSS feed"?
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2005, 02:36:02 PM »
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don, dude, i love your name.

And I like your avatar.  Very clever.



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