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Last updated by Anon on Tuesday, 08/07/2001 - 19:57

The more news sources that produce RSS, the more useful RSS is to everyone. If you decide you want to collect RSS from a site and you can't find their feed, email the webmaster. You might want to point them at this FAQ as well. I've got a standard email now that I send out.

Dear Webmaster,
Do you syndicate your headlines with RSS?
If so where is the feed?
If not, why not?
If you don't know what RSS is, look at http://www.voidstar.com/rssfaq
yours, etc

When this doesn't work (sadly, all to frequently) the next stage is to get the site scraped by one of the aggregators. If this happens, make sure you go back to the webmaster and tell them it's being done. Keep on at them!

As is often the case, the amateur journalism world has embraced RSS and many of your favourite sites produce a feed even if they're not very good at promoting it. But the professional world doesn't really get it. Even though there are >5000 feeds out there, we need plenty more.

On this topic, it's going to be worth keeping up with Jeff Barr's Syndic8 initiative.

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