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Changes to RSS feeds?

Has anyone else noticed a change to the chowhound RSS feeds? Last week I was enjoying a feed that had one entry per topic, and the entry linked to the topic page. I could quickly scan my feedreader for new topics and ignore the ones I wasn't interested in.

This week, it seems like the feed has an entry for every new comment, and the entry links to the comment. It's a disaster. I'm seeing the same topics over and over again, and when I click the links to view the topic I'm dumped way down at the last comment on the bottom of the page, and have to scroll up to figure what's being talked about.

This change has basically ruined my enjoyment of the site and replaced it with an exercise in frustration. I really hope you can bring the old one-entry-per-topic RSS feeds.

(For what it's worth, I'm using the Sage reader for Firefox to pull the feed, but clicking through and reading the pages on the actual site. This is my preferred method, and works great for the other fifty billion feeds that I read.)

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  1. I just unsubscribed to most of my Chowhound feeds. I added site talk to find out when they fix this. I don't have time to go through hundreds of items.

    It probably means I'll visit less often since it was the feeds that reminded me to come here.

    1. I thought we had resolved this issue; is it still happening for you?

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      1. re: Engineering

        I was seeing the problem pretty recently - I'll check and post back if it's still happening after this morning. Yeah - seems to still be happening as of 10:40 Pacific.

        For a while, some items just said "Message" in the body.

        Now, the feed seems to be showing the first item in a thread each time a new post is added to the thread.

        1. re: will47

          ps - In case it helps, I'm using google reader for RSS aggregation.

      2. Any update on this? I'm still seeing the issue, and occasionally seeing posts with "Message" as their body.

        1. I'm not getting new posts in the feed; I'm getting the original post in each thread marked as new whenever someone replies to it.

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          1. re: addlepated

            Yeah - that's exactly what I'm seeing (see the third post above)

            1. re: addlepated

              Now I'm seeing new posts instead of the original post - but each post is still showing up instead of just the start of a thread as before. If this part is intentional, please reconsider, or at least consider making two different sets of feeds. Keeping track of new threads is reasonable; keeping track of every post on a forum is a little out of control, for me, at least.

              Though it would be nice to have a customized "my chow" feed that showed all new responses to threads in "mychow".

              1. re: will47

                Wonderful ideas. I'm still marking all as read and skipping them because there are just too many for me to pay any attention to them. Right now it is not a usable feed service for me.

            2. Granted, I've only got the Austin feed subscribed right now, but I like having all the new responses (not just new threads) show up. That's kind of what I'd expect from an RSS feed. But surely there's a way to configure it on Chow's end so that you can either subscribe to new threads _or_ new posts.

              1. Also, if you Engineering folks are still listening... line breaks / paragraphs aren't showing up in my feeds, so all the text is stuck together in my newsreader.

                1. It looks like the feed URLs have changed without notice also.

                  1. I just want to chime in with my vote for the way feeds use to work a few weeks back. I don't like that with every new response to a thread, I get a new entry in my reader. If I get interested in a thread, there are a number of ways I can keep track of new responses to it. The new behaviour gets especially annoying when threads I am not interested in get hundreds of replies - it is too much work to separate the grain from the chaff. You will lose subscribers if this is not fixed.

                    1. The RSS feeds still aren't working properly for me. It doesn't look like this is going to be fixed any time soon, so I've unsubscribed.