Robert Scoble says we don’t have full feed text in some of our blogs. It came as a big surprise to me because all of them are set at “full feed” option. Apparently this is something that is an issue with the WordPress.com hosted blogs, which cut off posts in RSS feeds if you use the more feature. Why WordPress.com would do something this bone headed, I don’t know? So Scoble, there is your answer!
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Om, your feed actually is full text.
WordPress publishes the full text of your post as the ‘content:encoded’ element in your RSS feed, and publishes an excerpt of your post as the ‘description’ element. So, Robert’s RSS reader must be displaying the description element instead of content:encoded.
This is a fairly common problem with RSS readers (in fact, FeedDemon had the same problem until recently).
thanks for the clarification. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
‘Fraid I don’t know enough about WordPress to provide a fix, but it might be worth asking WordPress support about this since other WordPress users have run into similar problems:
I’m using Google Reader. Very weird.
Robert, didn’t you run into this same problem with your blog a while back? See http://scobleizer.com/2005/10/31/wordpress-rss-feeds-suck/
Web Worker Daily has never had full feeds and I’m using FeedDemon… (hint, hint, can we get that changed? please?)
that is not true. we have been offering WWD full feed for last few weeks, though intitally i overlooked that it was partial feed. i am not sure about why you are not getting the full feed – can you cancel and resubscribe?
Om, the WWD feed looks like a mix of partial and full content. Each post’s ‘description’ element has partial content, and the ‘content:encoded’ element *sometimes* has full content but other times it has partial content with a “(more)” link to the full article.
For example, today’s “Dead-tree Ware” post has an excerpt for the ‘description’ element, and the ‘content:encoded’ element has a “(more)” link.
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