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Why use RSS for macosxhints.com?
Authored by: lionel77 on Feb 03, '06 04:39:58PM

I'm actually surprised that so many (apparently at least 50%) people use RSS for this page. In my opinion, using RSS makes the most sense when a page is either updated irregularly or if new articles are added in a piecemeal fashion. Neither is true for macosxhints.com, pretty much all the articles are posted within a narrow time window early every weekday morning. So if you come to the page for instance at noon, you can read all the hints of the day and there is little chance that further hints are added over the course of the day.

Personally, I prefer seeing the complete text of all hints on the web page over the headlines and two sentences that the RSS feed offers because I tend to glance over the whole articles anyway. Plus, I think I'd feel weird bombarding the page with RSS requests all day if 95% of the content is added at a fixed time point.

Just my two cents.



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Why use RSS for macosxhints.com?
Authored by: starwxrwx on Feb 03, '06 11:15:07PM

I'd probably never remember to check this page if it wasn't in my Safari RSS feeds folder in my bookmarks bar!

RSS helps me keep track of what hints I have and haven't read, and how many I need to catch up on. I might not have time to check every day but I can instantly know if I'm getting behind (at work or home thanks to .mac syncing of read status!) :)



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RSS, Why?
Authored by: mccallister on Feb 04, '06 06:43:56PM

I don't "get it" why people think RSS is so cool. It's useless. The sites that have RSS are bookmarked in my Safari. For example, I have one called "Mac news" in my bookmarks bar. I click on it and select "open in tabs" to view all of them.

Now what would make RSS really useful is if I could create an RSS homepage in Safari that allowed a compilation of RSS from the many sites I visit each day. Until then, I don't see how RSS is useful to me.



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RSS, Why?
Authored by: BeezelNut RaRa on Feb 06, '06 02:08:56AM

If you use NetNewsWire, you to scan hundreds of headlines in a few minutes; skip slow loading web pages (containing irrelevant info) and skip thousands of ads. So RSS is for people who want pure content quickly. If you use Safari for RSS - I'm not sure what the point is really.

RSS is also cool cuz it powers podcasts. Apple also now serves their tech mailing lists as RSS, which can cut down on lots of email. Our ISP uses it for maintenance alerts. Some people also use it for comments, ie. you post a question to OS X Hints and subscribe to an RSS feed for your question. Anyone responds, you know it.



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RSS, Why?
Authored by: jspivack on Feb 06, '06 04:13:12AM
I find that Bloglines is a great way to do this. It is all web-based, so I can check my feeds from home on my Mac in the morning and then from work on my PC (yuk!) during lunch, and all of the article statuses are maintained/updated. check it out...

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Why use RSS for macosxhints.com?
Authored by: sjk on Feb 06, '06 12:17:07PM

It's quicker for me to scan the feed for this site (and many others) and only open articles I'm interested in (typically with Safari or NNW tabs), when their titles are informative enough to make that choice (which is true here).

In general, using feeds as a site monitoring/filtering tool is a convenient way to prioritize and later catch up with certain content over different periods of time. It's taken time to develop effective strategies for doing that and it's an evolving process but I dread to imagine how clumsy and inefficient it would be without feeds. That would kind of be like using dialup after having tasted broadband bandwidth.



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