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I’m Going Full Feeds

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Those of you who subscribe to the feed… you may have noticed a change this morning. I decided that I’d give full feeds a try (those of you who have emailed me still have access to the other more secret full feed [it's still available, as always, by request] and that’s still staying).

Hopefully I don’t get content scraped, if I do, I’ll try to fight it but if that becomes fruitless… I’ll have to switch things back. I hope you all understand. The reason for doing this is because I have been trying for a couple days not to get Feedburner to provide more in the way of a summary but couldn’t seem to so I’m going to the darkside. :)

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10 Responses to “I’m Going Full Feeds”

  1. FMF says:

    (In heavy Darth Vader breathing tone) Welcome….you’re soon to find out the power of the darkside. Bruhahhahahhahhahhaaa!

  2. Thanks; much preferable. Especially since I was not using the super secret full feed.

  3. Dustin says:

    Thank you. I have been waiting for you to come around.

  4. anonymous says:

    I understand the concerns with content scraping. But to be honest, I find it a little ironic considering the last post (Latest List of High Paying Jobs). Isn’t that pretty much a screen scrape of CNN finance? Not to pick on you…you have some great content. But when does fair use become plagarism? Is there a consensus in the PF blogging community?

    I would think pointing to articles that interest you would be fine, but to “summarize” the content using their descriptions and figures seems a little much.

  5. Jake says:

    You could include a “content from …” at the beginning or end of every feed (along with a link back to your site). That way even if the content is scraped you can still be attributed to it.

  6. jim says:

    anonymous – I don’t see summarizing with a little commentary is the same as scraping content, if someone were to take some of my posts, summarize and add commentary and a link to my post, then I’d have no problem with it. I wouldn’t consider that scraping… it’s the folks who just take the feed and put some ads around it that bother me.

    I also personally don’t like dumping a list of links unless it’s to other bloggers and even then it’s put together in sentences. I see commentary as part of blogging, which may be a departure from your own personal opinion (which is cool). I’m not 100% sure if a consensus exists on the issue and considering I do attribute the source, I personally don’t consider it plagiarism.

  7. jay says:

    If you’re concerned about people stealing your content and posting it as if it is their own, copyright your content…. then periodically take your most popular posts, and plug them into google, eg: do a google search on “switch things back. I hope you all understand. The reason for doing this is because I have been trying” and the only result should be this page. If you find other hits, from people who have scraped your site, then you compose a DMCA letter– there should be plenty of examples on the net– and send it to them and their ISP. I believe that if someone is scraping your site, they will have dozens of posts not just one or two. An ISP that gets a DMCA letter with dozens of links will take action.

    I just started reading your blog and I do it thru a reader… if I had to visit the sites, I’d read a lot fewer blogs, and many of the ones that aren’t core (like yours) would get dropped. (Not that there’s anything wrong with your blog, its just not (Yet) one of my core blogs that I read.) So, the full content feed is a good thing, and I believe feedburner is offering a way to sell ads on it…

  8. jim says:

    hi jay – no offense taken, there are millions of blogs that aren’t in my core and of those there are probably thousands that are good. :)

    As for the scrapers, the way to defeat them is fairly straightforward, as you pointed it, and that wasn’t why i was afraid of them… it’s just that with one press of a button, you can easily scrape a ton of sites, throw some adsense on them and be off and running. To stop them, I have to draft a letter to an ISP and wait, and then wait, and then follow up… etc etc. It’s just a headache… but I’m willing to give full feeds a go for the very reason you pointed out, I want to do something tangible to thank the people who do read and by giving full feeds, i put the work on me. We’ll see how it goes, I don’t foresee problems but you never know…

  9. Matt says:

    Hey, I read primarily through an RSS aggregator, but I still come to the posts directly. Mainly because I’m crazy about commenting. :)


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