Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.


Author:Dave Winer
Posted:8/31/1999; 1:26:45 PM
Topic:130 RSS newsfeeds from
Msg #:10337 (In response to 10335)
Prev/Next:10336 / 10338

I think this is very interesting, but I want to clarify a couple of things in Nick's posting.

When I said "This is great!" I was rushing out the door to get to the O'Reilly Convention. I had not had time to really see what it was.

Second, I have not specifically asked MoreOver.Com to do this, I think he's referring to my general evangelizing of RSS, which I certainly *am* doing. I am uncertain as to the legality or appropriateness of this form of syndication. I'm not saying it's wrong, but I'm not saying it's right either.

My acid test for this is "How would I feel if he scraped my site?" My answer is "I wouldn't like it." Would I object? I'm not sure. I certainly would object if he hadn't asked permission.

This came up once before with the Internet Alchemy "synthetic" channels. I wrote a script to batch load them, but then the same day I unloaded them. I didn't want the legal exposure, nor did I want to swamp our aggregator with stories from sites that weren't supporting RSS. I decided that my stake is with RSS, for now at least. I want to watch this stuff, and hear what other people think. So in that way, I welcome the MoreOver.Com move to support RSS. It will be a learning experience for all of us.

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