RSS Clusterf***

.: I’ve spent upwards of 6 hours today trying to understand why the RSS feeds for PBD and STLQ seem to have imploded. The “old” PBD, until a few hours ago, was running on a Movable Type blog. The “new” PBD is running on a WordPress blog. STLQ remains on an MT blog.

STLQ’s feeds were pointing back to PBD. PBD’s feeds were pointing to God knows where. So what have I done to try to fix this, given that I am php- and xml-challenged? I transferred the old PBD posts to the WordPress PBD. I deleted the old PBD site from its Movable Type platform, deleted and then reinstalled (after much weeping and gnashing of teeth) the stlq.info domain to my server space, and redirected that URI to podbaydoor.com/engine, to where it was pointing in the first place. (Don’t ask, please…)

In my MT settings, where STLQ lives, I changed the URI from stlq.info/ to podbaydoor.com/engine/. When I checked the RSS feeds for STLQ in Bloglines, they “seemed” to be working again. However, closer inspection confirmed that only the atom feed is working properly: http://podbaydoor.com/engine/atom.xml, and the index.xml feed, while pointing to STLQ, doesn’t produce any feeds.

Plug www.podbaydoor.com into Bloglines, and it responds with four feeds that don’t work. Plug podbaydoor.com into Bloglines, and you get seven feeds, three of which point to STLQ feeds (which I thought no longer existed, as they would now be podbaydoor.com/engine feeds), and two of which don’t seem to work at all.

It’s not supposed to be this way. I have over 220 subscribers to PBD, and who knows how many on STLQ, now that the feeds have turned to shyte. I am so fed up with this nonsense, and my MT 3.2 installation has been sluggish since the upgrade.

The laughter you hear is coming from the first, fourth and fifth floors of Cameron Library…

3 Responses to “RSS Clusterf***”

  1. Pam Says:

    I’m so sad for you. I would have given up long before this…and we’re laughing WITH you….

  2. Garth Danielson Says:

    wow. As I was typing the word earthlink in my email address and an earthlink ad came on the tv. It’s not being broadcast, it’s on a dvd I burned last night. I burn the daily and colbert report and timeshift them. Saves time to skip through the commercials. Nice thing…they are there if I need to see them. Now I am back to watching The Saint Megaset. Only 41 episodes to go.
    After reading all your problems I sure am glad to pay some money each year to Typepad and they take care of everything. I have enough computer problems to deal with at work, and I don’t even work in IT, that it’s nice to have someone take care of everything.
    Good luck and good night.
    Garth

  3. Steveg Says:

    Randy

    Your podbaydoor.com rss feed is working fine for me.

    I use the following feed: http://podbaydoor.com/?feed=rss2

    The stories are all there, and they all seem to link to the right place.

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