Yahoo Groups Dropped RSS Feed Support
The RSS feeds of the RSS-Public and RSS-Board mailing lists are no longer available. Yahoo Groups used to offer feeds for each of its public lists, but Yahoo dropped support last year. A member of the service's product team said the feature was retired in July 2013.
To read the lists and subscribe to receive them in email, visit the Yahoo Groups pages for RSS-Public and RSS-Board.
We may move the lists to Google Groups, which does offer RSS feeds for each group.
What Do You Use to Read RSS Feeds?
In 2007, the RSS Advisory Board published the RSS Best Practices Profile, our advice for how to produce RSS feeds that work best in the wide variety of feed readers, web browsers and other software that consumes feeds. The RSS specification is poorly written in several areas, leading to disagreement over the correct way to do things. We wanted to help programmers and web publishers avoid these hassles.
The programs tested as we drafted the profile were Bloglines, BottomFeeder 4.4, Feed Demon 2.5 (188.8.131.52), Google Reader, Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, Mozilla Firefox 2.0 (2.0.9), My Yahoo, NewsGator Online and Opera 9.
Since then, Google Reader and NewsGator Online shut down, Bloglines moved to a new software platform and FeedDemon is up to version 4.5. Web browsers all have significant upgrades and Google Chrome has sprung into existence.
I thought it was time to look at whether all of the profile's advice is appropriate with current feed reading software. As the first step, I posed this question today on the RSS-Public mailing list:
What software do you currently use to read RSS feeds?
For years, I read feeds primarily with Bloglines. I moved to Google Reader and when it was killed (sigh), I switched to Feedly after a few months where I didn't read feeds at all. For podcasts, I use Apple iTunes.
RSS Board Moves to New Server
The RSS Advisory Board has moved its web site to a new server. If you have any problems using the site, please note them in the comments. Thanks.
Media RSS Moves to the RSS Advisory Board
The proposal for the RSS Advisory Board to become the publisher of the Media RSS namespace has passed 8-0 with members Rogers Cadenhead, Sterling "Chip" Camden, Simone Carletti, James Holderness, Jenny Levine, Randy Charles Morin, Ryan Parman and Jake Savin voting in favor.
The specification's permanent URL will be http://www.rssboard.org/media-rss once we have finished proofreading the document. The namespace declaration will remain http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/ for as long as it is published to ensure that software using the namespace will continue to function properly.
The board also will be taking over management of the RSS-Media mailing list, where implementers of the namespace can get help and contribute feedback.
Proposal: Take Over Publication of Media-RSS
The following RSS Advisory Board proposal has been made by Rogers Cadenhead and seconded by Ryan Parman.
Under the advisory board charter, the board has seven days to discuss the proposal followed by seven days to vote on it. Interested parties can comment on the proposal on the mailing list RSS-Public.
Media RSS is a namespace for syndicating audio, video and image files that was created by Yahoo in 2004. The namespace extends RSS support for enclosures to enable a number of different applications, such as video and audio search engines, multiple bitrates and encodings of the same content, artist credits and copyright information, and the ability to play the content with a specified media player.
In the five years since its launch, Media RSS has become highly popular with podcasters and other multimedia publishers and fostered
an active development community at the Yahoo Groups mailing list RSS-Media. The namespace is supported by Yahoo Search, Bing, Wikipedia, Flock, Picasa, FriendFeed, Bebo and many other sites and software.
Yahoo, with the participation of members of RSS-Media, recently published version 1.5 of the Media RSS specification.
Over the past year, there have been discussions about the RSS Advisory Board becoming the publisher of the Media RSS namespace to ensure its continued availability and stability, a function the board serves for RSS 0.90 and RSS 0.91. Netscape transferred those specifications to the board in November 2008.
Sapna Chandiramani, a senior engineering manager at Yahoo whose department has responsibility for the Media RSS namespace, has indicated a willingness to have the board take over custodianship.
I propose that the RSS Advisory Board agrees to become the custodian of the namespace, publishing the current version at the permanent URL http://www.rssboard.org/media-rss and archiving past versions.
Additionally, the board offers to manage the RSS-Media mailing list.
Finally, the board resolves that the namespace URI for Media RSS will remain "http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" for as long as it is published to ensure that software using the namespace will continue to function properly.