Syndication Wishlist

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  • - Include embed code in RSS/Atom feeds, so LJ-embedded videos (et al) behave properly in feed readers. Right now they either leave blank space or show text like 'lj-embed id="1"' instead of at least a placeholder or a link to the LJ entry.
  • -- Allow RSS feed originators to disable or redirect LJ commenting on syndicated feeds originating from their sites. Some reactions were extremely negative, others were supportive. Some indication given that feed originators either already have or have threatened to block LJ from being able to syndicate their feeds if they're not given this ability.
  • -- Enable the addition of versions of syndicated feeds that automatically lj-cut all content. Counter-suggestions in comments include making this a checkable option on the Manage Friends page rather than duplicating feeds, or making a preference setting in Style management to auto-cut entries over a certain byte size.
This is something that got discussed way back when, and it's a pain. Beyond technical considerations, you'd also have to make sure that the person republishing the feed in their journal has permission to do so. Otherwise you'd have people shoving up any old feed into their journal (either by malice or incompetence) and that would end up being an abuse nightmare. The best way to do that that I could think of would be to check the author tag of the feed to see if the email address matches up to a validated email address for the journal, but that leaves a lot to be desired. Facebook notes were mentioned in the suggestion, for instance, and the feed for them doesn't contain an author email at all. IMO, this one is more trouble than it's worth. Rho 03:01, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
  • -- Put a "pushpin" on a syndicated account's profile to subscribe to new entries -- this would hook the syndicated accounts into ESN -- could be problematic if there is a sudden flood of the syndicated account like what happens when the feed is reset
Please, please, yes, please! Otherwise sources with long entries (for example, synecdochic) are never fetched because the sum of 25 entries is over the total size limit. Branchandroot
The size limit is checked before anything else. I think it is just there to prevent wasting resources retrieving synfeeds that someone may have tried to set up maliciously (i.e. "lol, let me link DW to and waste all their bandwidth and CPU time".) I don't see a reason why we can't up this to 750K or even 1M on DW, which should be enough for every legitimate RSS feed. --Gerg 18:10, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
One thing that was discussed WRT syndication and comments was the following possibility: check the feed to see if a comments URL is provided. If it is, disable comments on LJ and link to the off-site comments section instead. Not sure how this would work from a technical standpoint, but I think this is the best solution from a social perspective. It would allow the content owners to keep their comments all in one place (which they want) while allowing DW users to keep having places to have commentversations on feeds that don't provide comments. Rho 03:01, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
  • -- Adding an option to receive syndicated posts as digests -- Users could choose to receive a single post from each of their syndicated-feed friends every 24 hours. These single posts would be the consolidated posts from those feeds.
  • Alternative to the various comment suggestions: default all feeds to not allowing comments. If the feed provides a comment url, link it. Pie in the sky addition: If, at some point, it can be wrangled, add a means to open commenting if and only if the feed source gives an address to which the comments can be sent.

Implemented or on the list to be