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Re: st: http://feeds.feedburner.com/statalist


From   Phil Schumm <pschumm@uchicago.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: http://feeds.feedburner.com/statalist
Date   Tue, 2 May 2006 09:28:27 -0500

On May 2, 2006, at 8:51 AM, n j cox wrote:
However, when I look at http://feeds.feedburner.com/statalist all I see now is a bundle of messages from 22 March 2006.

Yup, that's what I get too. I'm not familiar with FeedBurner's setup, so I'm afraid I can't offer any suggestions.



Indeed, less, as I don't really understand what this was ever supposed to offer that the archives don't.

For a subscribed member who has a mail client with a good interface (e.g., with threading, filtering, and a flexible notification mechanism), nothing. The only real benefits I can see would be for (1) subscribed members who do not have a good email client and therefore would prefer to monitor the list via their RSS reader, or (2) individuals who would like to monitor the list in real time without being subscribed.

The real benefit of RSS is in aggregating and pushing new content that is not already in one place (e.g., like a single mailing list). For example, imagine a large collaborative web site where changes are being made constantly throughout the site. In that case, publishing the changes in the form of a single RSS feed makes it *much* easier to monitor what's going on (as opposed to having to surf through the site manually on a regular basis).


-- Phil

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