A friend of mine recently sent me a very heated email, chastising me for not visiting his forums more often. Itâ€™s not that I donâ€™t want to, I just never have the time to sit and navigate from one set of forums to the next. In all honesty, if he would only enable his RSS (atom) feeds, I could easily subscribe via Google Reader and pick and choose which threads Iâ€™d like to read and/or respond to. His argument against this was that if he did that, I wouldnâ€™t go visit his site to access the forums.
:shock: Uh â€¦ helloooooooooo???? Thatâ€™s why I donâ€™t come around as often, you numbnuts â€¦
He furthers this argument by saying that enabling feeds would open him up to “exploits” and “serious security risks” but I have yet to see anything published for his forum software packages. :roll:
What seems painfully obvious still escapes him. He sees RSS as damaging to his traffic. Of course he hasnâ€™t at all studied his logs, he just watches the freebie counter at the bottom of his forumâ€™s index page. Iâ€™ve tried sending him several “pro RSS” articles and varied plumes of market research touting the positive effects of using feeds, but he refuses to budge.
I say if your content is good, visitors will both subscribe to read AND visit to respond/engage, but he disagrees â€¦ and so the argument continues.
The thing is, I am a member of dozens of forums that I would *love* to sit and peruse at my leisure; but sadly I do not have the time any more to do this. With the availability of subscription feeds, I could subscribe via my reader and interact more â€“ essentially making both me AND the forum owner happy. I want to email each of them and scream, “For the love of God, PLEASE give me an RSS or Atom feed, a plain XML file or an RDF â€¦ ANYTHING!”
So what do y’all think? Am I wrong? Are feeds too much trouble?