[wp-hackers] Re: RSS Decisions
skippy at skippy.net
Tue Jan 17 22:08:34 GMT 2006
Danny Ayers wrote:
> Yes, and other weblog tools are available too. I'm afraid the blatant
> lack of research on the subject prior to proposing the removal of a
> feature doesn't inspire much confidence in me as a WordPress user.
Heaven forbid we engage in conversation to discuss the relative
strengths and weaknesses of user-submitted proposals.
On #wordpress, I submitted the suggestion that RDF and RSS 0.92 should
be ditched. Mine was a _completely_ uninformed comment, because I don't
track syndication technologies too closely. I fervently wish that
WordPress 2.0 would have shipped with Atom 1.0 support. I _really_ want
to see Atom-enabled commenting. David opened the ticket, and posted the
link in the channel. I promptly donned my AOL hat and hit METOO!!!111
Contrast this entire discussion with Matt's one-sided decision to
implement the feed: prefix to feed URIs somewhere in the 1.5 release.
That instantly broke links for a majority of users. It generated dozens
of threads in the support forums. There was _zero_ discussion about it,
and the bug opened about it was promptly closed with "wontfix" at the time.
> all decisions made from such an uninformed perspective?
We're not making decisions, we're discussion one suggestion.
> Again, I
> believe Atom alone could provide usable data for the vast majority of
> clients. But I see no compelling argument for the arbitrary removal of
> RSS 1.0 support.
From what you've put forward, I still don't see a compelling argument
to keep RDF. Sure, some people use it. You haven't yet proven that
_many_ people use it.
If a plugin were made available to provide RDF support, all the RDF
users would be happy. This wouldn't be the first time a plugin was
required to work around shortcomings of core deficiencies. We're
_still_ required to use a no-nofollow plugin, even though nofollow has
been wildly unsuccessful in stopping comment spam...
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