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Feed Auto-discovery

    5 February 2005, late morning

The smart auto-discovery links are working now, but slightly differently than what is outlined below.

I’ve mucked around with the feed auto-discovery links on my site. Before every page on my site had links to two feeds for my site; the feeds only differed in their format, one being RSS, the other being Atom. I don’t post links to my two feeds directly, since clicking on either would just take you to a page of gibberish. A good feed reader will let you subscribe to the feeds for my site given just my site’s URL.

I’ve since tried to make the auto-discovery links aware of the section and category you are in. (I’ve also cleaned up the URLs for linking to feeds.) If you are reading my movie category and you want to subscribe to my movie related posts, you can just copy that link in to your feed reader, and it will subscribe (hopefully) to one of the following two feeds:

  • http://funkaoshi.com/rss/category/movies/
  • http://funkaoshi.com/atom/category/movies/

There are some bugs I need to fix; currently you can subscribe to feeds that have no content, like the feed for my links page. I’ll hopefully tidy this up over the weekend and post more details on what I did (as well as the plug-in I made).

The most important point is that you can now subscribe to particular sections or categories of my site. If for example, you find yourself saying, “Man, Ram’s links suck ass!”, you can subscribe to just my blog and debug posts. If you just want to know when I write about a restaurant, you can subscribe to my restaurant category’s feed.



  1. [ed. People make money doing this shit? Seriously? I'd link to the site to mock them, but then they would win. You'll just have to enjoy the copy below.]

    Dear Webmaster!

    We are mailing you because we found your site through google search and your active links page indicates that you are interested in link exchange. Taking initiative in this direction, we have already put your link at our site. You can view your link at:

    [ed. link to some spammy site]

    We have placed the URL, Title, and suitable description for your site that will surely benefit your online presence. You are free to verify the same. Please let us know about any suggestions or concerns and we will get it done.

    We intend to have a reciprocal link at your


    page also. Please look at our informa tion below for this:

    URL = [ed. link to some spammy site
    Title = Sell your car online
    Description = [ed. link to some spammy site] is the new fast, easy and free way to sell your car online and to get the best deal on a new car through our online car buying service. Get FREE car listing and reach millions of car buyers.

    We will be glad to see our link at your site and have you as our links partner. It will be appreciated if you can send us the exact location of our link.

    Many Thanks!
    Campaign Manager.
    SEM Outsourcing.

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