RSS = Ridiculously Stupid Stuff


Back when MyDDO was dismantled and I got the idea to try to create a replacement, I had to do a lot of Googling, asking questions, and looking stuff up before the original OurDDO RSS feed came into being. It had some mostly minor issues right from the start, which led to the birth of the main OurDDO site.

I still kept the original feed up, because some people prefer to get the latest blogs via their feed readers. But a few days ago, Erdrique sent me an E-mail to let me know that the old feed hadn’t updated since Nov. 3.

What with all the pesky real-life stuff I have going on, and since the original feed was actually on a third-party site that I have no control over, I didn’t really get a chance to look into it until tonight (see, downtime can be good!). So I pulled up the site, tried to log in, and got a “502 Bad Gateway.” I could still get to the “support” (and I use that term loosely) section without logging in, and there I found that many people are having the same problem, and that the site has not answered any of them.

So, went hunting for a new way to make an aggregate feed. To try to shorten a long story, I found one and set up a new aggregate feed, which can be found here. The upsides are that it’s free and doesn’t limit how many feeds I can add to it. The downside is that if I need to add any additional feeds now that it’s set up, the URL will change.

But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. In the meantime, if you were using the old RSS feed, please change to the new site. Many thanks to Erdrique for letting me know the old feed was down!


(Oh… and in case you were wondering, RSS in this context actually stands for Really Simple Syndication. But I think mine’s more appropriate.)


5 thoughts on “RSS = Ridiculously Stupid Stuff

  1. Sorry you had to do all of that Even and glad I was able to pass that along. I updated the feed into the widget on our guild website and everything appears to be working good!! Thank you for looking into it!! 🙂


  2. You’re wonderful! Thanks for keeping us all connected. After…what? A year now? OurDDO feeds are much more interactive than MyDDO, and our independent blogs and bloglinks ensure that reading can be done even if the feed goes down. Thanks for everything you’ve done for the community.


  3. Keavaa

    Sounds like a very typical IT problem though. You only learn about it when someone who is using it wonders why its not working. Glad it all got sorted though. GJ 🙂


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