I have never used RSS and I don’t have it set on my website.
However, after reading comments on lobste.rs over a few weeks I got convinced that RSS is necessary. So I dug around to learn about it, saw some examples of both RSS and Atom, but still some questions remain.
- How to handle updates? My posts are in a perpetual “work in progress” state. That is to say, unlike blogs, they sometimes get updated. But after updating an article should I also update the RSS feed? If so - how? I noticed that RSS doesn’t have any “updated” field, but Atom does.
- Should I trim the feed down to “top 20” or so posts, or keep all the history in?
- Is it at all viable to maintain the feed manually?
- Finally, are there any unwritten social conventions about maintaining a feed?
Sorry if these seem like trivial questions to some. But answers are not easy to find.