[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #2204: Forum RSS Feed Issues

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#2204: Forum RSS Feed Issues
 Reporter:  dglingren  |      Owner:
     Type:  defect     |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal     |  Milestone:
Component:  General    |   Keywords:
 The RSS feeds generated by the new Plugin Directory platform have a number
 of drawbacks/defects compared to the feeds that were generated by the old

 1. When a new reply is posted to a topic:

     * The "forum-level" feed (e.g. https://wordpress.org/support/plugin
 /media-library-assistant/feed) generates a copy of the initial post for
 the topic, with the initial date/time and author. This is almost useless;
 you have to go back to the forum to access the text of the update and see
 who posted it.

     * The "topic-level" feed (e.g. https://wordpress.org/support/topic
 /importing-photoshop-iptc-data-into-wordpress/feed ) generates an update
 with the correct text, date/time and author.

     * The email message generated for "subscribers" to the topic also has
 the correct information, but the message comes as plain-text so markup for
 code blocks, lists, etc. is lost.

 2. When the original post in a topic was modified, the feed generates and
 ongoing stream of "updates" identical to the original except for the "This
 topic was modified 2 weeks, 6 days ago by ..." text. This makes it hard to
 identify topics with genuine updates.

 3. When updates are posted to old topics (e.g. started 8 months ago), no
 RSS feed update is generated. It is hard to know when new activity occurs
 in an old topic.

 Minor notes:

 1. The subject line no longer includes the plugin name, which makes it
 harder to organize an archive by plugin.

 2. The subject line no longer includes the post author, which would be
 fine if the actual author value was set correctly.

 3. The subject line now identifies "[Resolved]" topics, but not any other
 status value.

 In short, RSS updates should contain:

 * The actual text of the update, with HTML markup
 * The actual date/time of the update
 * The actual author of the update
 * A subject line that includes the plugin name and perhaps the current
 status in addition to the topic title.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/2204>
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