April 21, 2006

RSS Bandit Feeds Mix Up

I've been using RSS Bandit for, oh, a couple years maybe? Every once in a while, I'd look at someone's feed and discover entries from someone else's feed there. Annoying, but not so much as to outweigh the things I like about this aggregator. It looks like it's been a known issue for over a year now. (I'm using version 1.3.0.42, if you want to know.)

So yesterday, I decided to organize my feeds a different way. Previously, I had:

  • Blogs - A really long list of blogs from family, friends, Web geeks, Web designers, usability gurus, etc., plus a couple of PubSub queries.
  • News - Various news feeds from the usual suspects, plus Search Engine Watch, SearchTools.com, and Yahoo!'s most-emailed news stories feed.
  • Politics - This is where I cloistered some of the blogs that I'd be more likely to scan only when I had ample free time.

I thought I'd try putting a little more structure on the Long Scroll that is the blogs I like to follow. My new list of categories is:

  • Design
  • Family
  • Friends
  • News
  • Politics
  • Science
  • Tech
  • Usability

As soon as I did that, approximately 80% to 90% of my feeds became corrupted with entries that didn't belong to them.

I deleted everything in my Application Data\RssBandit\Cache directory, restarted Bandit and clicked the "Update All Feeds" button, which seemed to clean things up nicely, while maintaining read/unread status. If I have time later, I'll try to troubleshoot this some more. Up to now, I haven't paid much attention to the data store or the source code.

Posted April 21, 2006 1:49 PM
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