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Fri, May. 19th, 2006, 08:20 pm
Okay, Internet people, we're straightening this out /right now/.

So, they're RSS feeds, right? I've heard people mention their RSS feeders, which feed RSS feeds. We're staring down a semantic nightmare right here. What's being fed to what? Is some digital entity eating our content? (The horror!) The RSS is like a roll of tape, which is being fed into aggrandizing clients like Thunderbird or server-side ones like LJ pleasently features. What we're reading is the RSS content from the feed after our programs start recieving the feed, right?

Sat, May. 20th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)

I've never heard of an RSS 'feeder.' I've heard of readers and aggregators, though. A reader is a client program, like Thunderbird, and an aggregator is something like what LJ does.

Sat, May. 20th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)

Basically afaik:

They're RSS feeds. The general term I've seen to describe things that generate RSS are "scrapers", which may or may not be related to the P2P term of the same name. Things that gather things.

Or perhaps, as you say, RSS is just a nice little vore fantasy, things being fed and eaten everywhere...

I like my RSS client (I suppose it's technically an aggregator though. It can access LJ entries and everything else, and it's mostly not annoying in the slightest.

Sun, May. 21st, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)

I've been told Atom is better for the same purpose -- RSS is supposedly kind of hacked-together? I don't know, I just read the content and bend with the digital waves.

You ever notice how vore humor is always some species of "and then I ate it!"? I guess there are kinks that are better stages for humor, though.

Sun, May. 21st, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)

RSS and Atom are basically two standards that do exactly the same thing. (Actually, there are RSS 0.9 and RSS 2.0, which are also different, thus adding to the confusion!)

Wed, May. 31st, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)

Yeah... RSS is hacked together. It isn't properly encapsulated in an XML namespace, making verification and combination with other namespaces impossible. RSS gives RSS and that's it. None of the nice benefits of XML other than a unified parser.