RSS Advisory Board

The following RSS Advisory Board proposal has been made by Rogers Cadenhead and seconded by Matthew Bookspan and Greg Smith.

Under the advisory board charter, the board has seven days to vote on it. Interested parties can comment on the proposal on the mailing list RSS-Public.


The current RSS specification contains two minor issues I'd like to resolve.

1. The docs element refers to an outdated URL for the specification instead of the current URL.

For as long as the board operates, will be the permanent URL of the current version of the spec. The domain name is the property of the board, so it can move to a new host as needed in the future.

John Palfrey at Harvard told me that the URL is going to become the permanent URL of the original Harvard spec published in 2003 (not any of the board's subsequent derivations). You can find a copy of the original Harvard spec here.

2. The spec encourages people with questions about RSS to post them on the RSS2-Support mail list hosted by Sjoerd Visscher.

This list is no longer active, receiving more spam than RSS-related posts. Our own RSS-Public mailing list is a better place to seek help.

I propose the following:

  1. Revise the specification to reflect as the permanent URL of the document and RSS-Public as the mailing list where users can pose questions about the format.
  2. Give this version of the specification document the revision number "RSS 2.0.8".

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