Comments RSS Feed

I just mentioned this aspect of the site in the Ask the Olfactory Rescue Service page, but then thought it might not be a bad idea to feature it. In the links towards the bottom left, there’s a Comments RSS link. This comes in handy if you have a news reader for blogs and want to make sure you don’t miss all the discussions going on here, especially as some of them occur on very old threads people may not be subscribed to. I’m not an expert at this stuff, but the way I have it set up is I have an iGoogle page where you can add modules to it to create your own personalized version of Google. One of the modules is a Google Reader which you can add blog and news feeds to read them all at once without having to hop all over the place. Of course my guess is there’s probably other ways of doing this that are more convenient or useful, perhaps a search on blog reader will turn up some other options or anyone who has any ideas is encouraged to share how they do it i in this thread. I can also follow comments from the WordPress dashboard, although I’m not sure how to set this up without moderator status.

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12 Comments

  1. January 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    […] this month’s Top 10, and while I’m at it, a reminder:  Have you subscribed to our RSS Feeds yet?  Make sure you never miss a thing at ORS and have all new Entries and Comments delivered […]

  2. janet said,

    November 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    arrrgh. not working this way for me….no option to subscribe when i click on the link, just a bunch of goop. any ideas?

    • janet said,

      November 26, 2009 at 2:21 am

      figured it out 🙂

      • Steve said,

        November 26, 2009 at 7:08 am

        Are the feeds working OK for you now, Janet?

        • janet said,

          November 26, 2009 at 9:05 am

          Hey, Steve…yeah, I muddled my way through, although I think I am doing something similar to what Mike described.
          I went to cnet and downloaded a basic rss reader, then just copied the URLs into that…
          I’m really happy this topic came up, for sure! This is great, and I will heartily second your recommendation to SUBSCRIBE! 🙂

        • janet said,

          November 26, 2009 at 9:09 am

          Did you ever buy your Indians? I’m really interested to hear what you think. I I got my first piece of Enkuu Horizon from Kotaro (thank you, Kotaro!!!), burned about a one-inch sniffy, and fell in love.
          ::sigh::
          and so it goes….

          • Steve said,

            November 26, 2009 at 9:39 am

            Hey Janet – probably putting in a large order in the next week or so and am getting excited – early Christmas! Yup, that Enkuu is incredible isn’t it?! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Steve said,

    November 25, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Thanks Mike! Not sure about other browsers…always been an IE guy.

    Great idea to have an entry on the RSS feed! I think subscribing to it is a powerful tool and basically the only practical way to stay on top of the conversations that occur here across multiple, often dated (as you mention) blog entries. The feed adds a near forum feel to ORS (versus the inherent search-for-the-entry-you-want structure of a blog).

    Alex (I think it was him) made some suggestions about a newcomer’s “how to use this site” guide. I think taking advantage of the RSS feeds is key – it’s the radar that keeps us apprised of all the activity here!

    • Mike said,

      November 25, 2009 at 11:26 am

      When we draw up the site primer early next year I’ll have to add all of this information to it, as I agree. For site moderators, dashboards keep us apprised of the comments, but it’s easy to forget everyone doesn’t have one.

  4. Steve said,

    November 25, 2009 at 9:48 am

    If you have Internet Explorer 8 (I believe IE7 is the same), click on the “Comments RSS” at the bottom left of the ORS links. You will get a list of recent comments with this message at the top:

    ********************************
    Olfactory Rescue Service
    You are viewing a feed that contains frequently updated content. When you subscribe to a feed, it is added to the Common Feed List. Updated information from the feed is automatically downloaded to your computer and can be viewed in Internet Explorer and other programs. Learn more about feeds.

    Subscribe to this feed
    ********************************

    Select “Subscribe to this feed” and you will get a small dialog box basically asking if you wish to subscribe to the feed (which you do!). Subscribe!

    In IE8, there is a “Favorites” button with a gold star on it, up on your toolbar. If you select this, you will see 3 tabs – “Favorites”, “Feeds” and “History”. Under the “Feeds” tab will be your new subscription! It will be called “Comments for Olfactory Rescue Service” by default.

    Repeat the above with the “Entries RSS” feed so you don’t miss any new blog entries. This feed will be called “Olfactory Rescue Service” by default.

    Now, by default IE8 will check for new feed entries (i.e. new blog comments or blog entries) 1 time each day. If you wish to have the feeds update more frequently:

    Right click on the feed (ex “Comments for Olfactory Rescue Service”).
    Select “Properties” from the menu list.
    Under the “Update Schedule” section, choose “Use Custom Schedule”.
    Set “Frequency” to the time that suits you.
    Click “OK” and you’re done!

    You can also force a feed to update whenever you want by simply right-clicking on it and choosing “Refresh” from the menu list.

    Hope this helps 😀

    • Mike said,

      November 25, 2009 at 9:51 am

      Wow good call Steve! My guess Mozilla’s probably similar or has an add-on that does the same thing.


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