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January 12, 2003

Verbosity

In syndicating the RSS feeds of my BlogRoll, I discovered that I had alarmingly increased the size of the main page of this blog.

A little examination revealed the cause: Lawrence Lessig, Sébastien Paquet and Zimran Ahmed decided to include the full content of each of their posts in the <description> field of their RSS feed.

Hey, guys! That’s what the (very optional) <content:encoded> field is for. The <description> field is for a short summary or excerpt of your post.

The extra baggage adds 23KB to the size of my main page. Significant, but not a killer. I’d be happier somehow if they published more, uhm, succinct <description>’s. But, if you really want to, you can read the full content of their blogs right here…

Anyway, here’s a screenshot of what I am really striving for. A much more useful version of the ubiquitous BlogRoll, isn’t it?

Update: Come on, Distler, don’t be a doofus! You can’t rely on people to do the right thing. Use a filter instead.

Posted by distler at January 12, 2003 12:44 AM

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