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RSS Help! Answered

Okay, RSS is something rather new to me, and I would like to know a bit more about, so could anyone explain/define/preach about RSS feeds, feeders, etc. Like, full on RSS for Dummies.

Don't link me to buy RSS for Dummies
Smart asses

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kelseymh (author)2008-11-29

Thank you for the great subject line, Bumpus! I'm going to borrow it and ask my own question :-) It appears to me that RSS is meant to provide information/updates via a Web browser. I'm on at least four different computers, with different browsers, throughout the day. Is there any sort of e-mail based interface analogous to RSS? Or does I'bles provide such a thing? I get the daily e-mails, but that only tells me about people who have REPLYed to one of my own comments (or commented on one of my I'bles). I'd love to get notification when people add new forum topics to my Groups, or when they add I'bles, etc.

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NachoMahma (author)kelseymh2008-11-29

. Subscribe to the person you want to watch and set up your e-mails alerts (go to You and click Email Alerts link in left column) as appropriate. .

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kelseymh (author)NachoMahma2008-11-29

I'll try it. I'm wanting to get the e-mail alerts for new topics from _anyone_ which are posted to one of the Groups which I created (or ideally any which I've joined). I'm going to try the hack of subscribing to myself, but I don't think that's going to work. ...However, Adrian's idea sounds possible.

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Lithium Rain (author)kelseymh2008-11-29

You can subscribe to yourself! I did. And can't unsubscribe. So I look kinda silly. And rather narcissistic, in a way...

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kelseymh (author)Lithium Rain2008-11-30

I was able to unsubscribe myself (at least I think so). Under .../you/, select "Subscriptions" and it gives you your list of usernames. Click the [x] next to your own name and you'll be taken off your list. I'll know for sure tomorrow morning, if any new forum topics are ignored.

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Lithium Rain (author)kelseymh2008-11-30

All praise kelseymh!! :D I am such a Dumkoff, how did I not think to do that?

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killerjackalope (author)kelseymh2008-11-29

I've been meaning to use RSS alerts on my phone to cut down on the effort... It can download the latest as and when I need it as can almost any phone made in the last couple of years (my previous phone did) but I'm not making use of my unlimited browsing (I threatened to leave to get the extra bolt on, should make use...) Anyway point being that's my lazy way...

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Lithium Rain (author)kelseymh2008-11-29

Well, you can sign up to have google alerts emailed to you-you input keywords and are emailed links to new content containing the keywords.

A quick google search also turned up someservices to do exactly what you described. You basically subscribe to rss feeds and have them emailed to you.

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-11-29

Okay, RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. Basically, an rss feed is a line of code that delivers automatic updates on new content.

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Kiteman (author)2008-11-29

I tried the RSS feeds for this site, and I got swamped with stuff I had already seen - if you log on as often as you or I, the RSS is unnecessary. If I had a feed from news sites, I'd have to spend so much time checking them that I'd never have time to visit ibles! If there's a low-traffic site you visit infrequently, then maybe it's useful. I used google - the same account I use to access Google Groups - and just pressed right-looking buttons until things happened.

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bumpus (author)Kiteman2008-11-29

Thanks K! Well, I'm not looking to get feeds from instructables, but the many of other sites I mosey around on.

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