Friday, August 25, 2006

and elements in RSS

>Has anyone encountered a way to throttle (in either sense of the word!)
>the Bloglines RSS crawler? We have a server with a large number of
>feeds. While Bloglines doesn't fetch any individual feed more than once
>an hour, they tend to fire off requests for all of our feeds in rapid
>succession, creating bursts of heavy traffic that can do bad things if
>they come in during an already high load on the server. Any chance
>they'd understand a 304 Not Modified HTTP status?
Thanks to the people who responded with hints (more polite than "RTF
Standard!") about the and elements in RSS. They do
exactly what I want (respectivesly, tell an RSS reader not to pull
updates more often than X minutes and tell a reader not to pull feeds
during certain hours of the day).

Unfortunately, Bloglines disregards both elements; on inspection, I see
my copy of RSSReader does also. I'll experiment with the 304 HTTP status

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