Some months ago I was asking a question: “Comments are integral part of posts. Why blog systems, like Radio Userland, do not take this fact into account?”
Fred, do not wait until somebody do it, otherwise you will wait for a long time I think… So I got an hour of my time today to test the concept. I hacked the b2Evoltuion blog system to build such a RSS feed.
The premise of the experience is that comments leaved by readers are integral part of blog posts. In fact, if someone leave a comment, most of the time it is to add something new to the blog’s post, something that have an informative value. I know it because my readers are good at it. I wanted to reflect that fact in my feeds content. So, it is what I do.
There is what it look like.
- The comments are placed at the end of the post
- The header of the comment section
- The permalink of this specific comment
- The number of the comment in the thread
- The name of the comment’s author and a link to his URL
- A link that will redirect the reader to the place where he could add his comment
- The comment in question
- The list of comments continue bellow
Simple no? Now the feed subscribers do not only have access to the post but also to the comments wrote about the post, by other readers, all that in the feed reader of their choice.
You want to have a look at that feed? You only have to subscribe to this URL:
- It reflects the fact that comments are an integral part of posts
- Each time a post is commented, feed subscribers will be notified. It is sure that it depends on the feed reader, if the feed reader check if a change has been performed on an entry, then the reader will be notified, otherwise he will not.
- It adds information to the web feed and it become much more voluminous.
What do you think of it? Could you be interesting in subscribing to such a feed? Do you think that it could be a good information to have in a blog feed?
It is really ease to add this feature to your blog. If you are using b2Evolution, you only have to download this php file and to put it in your /blog/xmlsrv/ directory. After that you will have access to it at that url:
where X is the number of the blog where you would like to implement the feature.