Can we turn on RSS feeds?

Do you think it would be a heavy load on the server to generate them? It would be extremely nice.

I’m also curious if the reader ever considered publishing a feed for the homepage. I guess a “downside” is that it would probably bring more people to the site. It would undoubtedly be heralded as one of the cool feeds on the net.


Nothing coming like this week or anything like that, but watch this space, we’re looking at it.

your humble TubaDiva

What’s an RSS feed?

RSS Feed

Doesn’t mean I understand it.
Is there a tech translator in the house?

To over-simplify, this would allow you to see what had been changed on the Straight Dope web site at one fell swoop.

I’m not sure if this over-simplification is too simple or not simple enough. But I still don’t get it.


I may be confused a bit, but would this help?

(Here if you’re on LiveJournal.)

The simplest way to learn about RSS feeds is to sign up at and subscribe to a few. They are really neat and save loads of time.

RSS, explained (both the what and the how):

twiddles thumbs anxiously

any possible word on this?

RSS is enabled in many vBulletin 3.0 boards, even if the administrator doesn’t realize it.

Try the normal URL for a forum, followed by /external.php?type=rss . (No, it does NOT work for the SDMB.)

RSS and Javascript feeds add queries to the MySQL database and slow things down for those actually using a very busy board. At the risk of junior administrating, I would imagine this is one reason why they aren’t turned on here.