RSS overload!

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papio

Active Member
Maybe that's why they're mainly in the "Railroad Press Releases" area? I don't read them all but now and then, they'll be some that catch my intersest. Don't like them--don't read them.
 

Bob

Forum Host
Staff member
The vast majority of the RSS feeds were removed months ago. The ones that remain
come directly from the railroads, and often contain useful information.

Let's take today for example:
Norfolk Southern aids in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts - A fluff piece, but may be of interest to some, especially those in the affected areas.

Boldly-painted Norfolk Southern locomotive honors military veterans everywhere - Info on another new "heritage loco", of interest to many here in the forum.

Three more fluff pieces and then:
Norfolk Southern welcomes Amtrak Virginia to Norfolk - Info on a new Amtrak service to Norfolk as well as a special display train open to the public. Seems useful enough.

So they're batting maybe 0.33. Not great, but not terrible. When I get the chance, I delete the ones that are really out in left field. NS seems to release them in big batches, not sure why.

All in all, there's enough useful info there to keep them around. Not interested? Don't read them. There's no additional membership fee to access the RSS feeds. It's all included in the basic membership package, which is, what was it again? Oh, yea, free to everyone but me. I PAY several hundred dollars each month in bandwidth fees and server lease. If you think the ads cover all of that, I'm sorry to say you're wrong.
 

andrewjonathon

New Member
I read a few that perk my interest. Just like the regular threads. I scan lots of titles and open the ones in my area of interest. Its not particularly difficult to do IMHO.
 

Bob

Forum Host
Staff member
Maybe its time to just ditch the RSS Feed I don't think anyone actually reads them.
Sorry, but guess again. It's really easy to see if anyone is reading them, just go to this page and look at the right hand column, it shows you the number of views.

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=165

The one about Amtrak returning to Norfolk has had 36 views since yesterday, and the one about the Military Vet special unit has had 35. Not exactly a hot topic, but that's enough viewers to keep them around considering they're not much effort...
 

LoganTrackdog

New Member
Don't get me wrong, I like the RSS now that Admin has cleaned them up, I just thought it was funny the whole page at the time I posted was solid RSS feeds.
 

Ballard Beaver

ballard beaver
I just thought it was funny the whole page at the time I posted was solid RSS feeds.
i agree with you, but you should know it used to happen a lot more, once Bob confined it to pieces mentioning Class I's it basically took care of the problem. trust me it was ALOT worse before.
 




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