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Required fields as indicated in the section "RSS Compared to Atom"[edit]

The indication of required fields is not accurate, because (for RSS) it's only on the feed level that there are required fields, not on the item level. The section could be improved if another table was added comparing the item vs entry level of RSS vs ATOM, indicating the required fields on this level. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jasond75 (talkcontribs) 15:56, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

As a suggestion, wouldn't it make more sense to show required items like author* rather than author*, since the asterisk itself isn't part of the actual code? —Salton Finneger (talk) 16:58, 16 July 2015 (UTC)
Yes. There you go then 8-) Andy Dingley (talk) 17:04, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

This isn't a dumb question[edit]

Really dumb question from someone who does't really know how to use or edit Wikipedia, and please feel free to erase this later, but I read both this and another online intro to RSS and still come away with one basic question unanswered: How does an "RSS Feed" manifest itself in the user's world? Do I get a daily email with links to updated sites? Weekly? Do I go to a website to see what my "RSS" is lately? Does it drop down on my desk like a spider from a dusty ceiling? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:600:9001:6BA6:78B7:EBF4:DAF9:E135 (talk) 18:47, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

RSS feeds are like web pages, they're published by servers. What happens after that is up to you and your computer. Some pages / feeds are created on demand: "Show me the latest news stories about cats in Albuquerque for the last hour"; others are created by the publisher whether anyone reads them or not, "This week's corporate press releases from Reynholm Industries".
To read them you need an RSS feed reader. Most web browsers offer some degree of this - "Live Bookmarks" is the name for one version. You can also have an RSS aggregator as a service on a web server that (like a webmail server) shows the RSS as web pages. It's quite easy to retrieve an RSS feed as an immediate web page (although very simple) but a feed reader does a bit more than this: it knows when to retrieve an updated copy of the same feed, it stores the feed locally so you can read it off-line. Feeds can hint that they ought to be re-checked every so often, or the feed reader can work it out for themselves by how often the content seems to change.
To find a feed, look for the RSS icon Feed-icon.svg on a web page, usually indicating that page in RSS format. Wikipedia supports them for editor watchlists, page histories etc.
Another useful feature is a feed aggregator. This can add many feeds together, filter them to the most relevant, then sort them to show the most interesting, most recent or unread at the top. A good aggregator can choose quite subtly with sophisticated selection better than a news site offers (i.e. your team for Foosball, not just "Sport"). It can also choose based on what you've been reading from past copies of the feed. Facebook is doing a bunch of work with this at present, but it's mosty about what they want to sell you, not what you're interested in. Andy Dingley (talk) 00:14, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
As someone with over thirty years of computer experience, I still don't understand what RSS does after reading this. Having suffered with unwanted notifications before I don't want to activate RSS just to see what it does in case it major surgery to turn it off... answer in one sentence - if I click an RSS icon what will happen? Stub Mandrel (talk) 19:36, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

"A Lot Better"[edit]

I'm uncomfortable with this sentance under "History":

This version became known as RSS 0.9. It was basically a clone of Channel Definition Format, with a few key differences: it wasn't published by a Microsoft employee, so it wasa a lot better.

Sounds to me like a dig at Microsoft. Doesn't seem very NPOV or encylopedic to me. What does everyone else think? - Robert

This has been fixed (as at beginning 2006). It helps if you date comments like this which I think got left July 2005? --BozMotalk 15:38, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

There's actually a lot of truth to this statement, so I added it again from the archive. When building the initial spec, Netscape looked at both ICE and CDF as existing attempts to create a standard. In the end, the hostility between Microsoft and Netscape made it make more sense to incorporate an RDF derived standard, since that's what Netscape was pushing at the time.

Dan may recall more than I do, but I don't recall looking at Dave Winer's stuff at all (only became aware of it after the RSS team dissolved). (talk) 04:29, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

RDF Site Summary vs. Really Simple Syndication[edit]

There is no standard, authoritative definition of what RSS is an acronym for. See Cover Pages: RDF Rich Site Summary (RSS). Sam Tomato (talk) 01:43, 2 June 2015 (UTC)