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posted by jjohn on 2002.10.30 10:25   Printer-friendly
An anonymous coward writes "You LiveJournal addicts out there might want to know that you can now add a syndicated feed of to your friends list. Instructions here."
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  • I'll have to try this again. When they first added syndicated feeds many of the items were duplicated and just a touch annoying. Hopefully it works better now.
  • When I tried it, I got the message "Sorry - Your account type doesn't allow befriending syndicated accounts." I guess it's only for paying users. (Which I'm not yet, partly because their signup page still goes to an old PayPal page whose SSL certificate expired.)

    But still, the duplication is still there. Have a look at the URL given [] -- tons of items are in duplicate, triplicate, and multiplied in general. (I wonder whether a new item is created whenever someone replies to an article? That would suck to hav

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    • There is some checking in the code [] for duplicates, based on an MD5 hash of the syndicated data. When this data changes in some way, a duplicate will be created.

      We're working on improving [] the RSS feed 'sucking' code as well as the mechanism which runs it to make it more robust. Since LiveJournal is written in perl and is open-source, perhaps use perl users who are also LiveJournal users might want to take a look at the code and offer some ideas. There's a development community at LiveJournal called lj_dev [] w