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2005-08-21
2012-08-29
  • Nobody/Anonymous

    First, let me thank you for this great piece of software.
    Second, there's a small problem... :-)
    I just noticed it with both the RSS 2.0 and the Atom 0.3 feed of the Microsoft Longhorn RSS Team blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/rssteam/ .
    The feed's addresses are
    http://blogs.msdn.com/rssteam/rss.aspx
    and
    http://blogs.msdn.com/rssteam/atom.aspx

    No matter how often I read the items, after a few reloads they are marked as unread again. I can't reproduce this behaviour for every single reload though, so I assume it's a problem with this particular feed, probably on Microsoft's side. If that's true, I'm wondering if there's some workaround?

    By the way, how does RSSOwl determine if an item is new or not?

    Thank you!

     
    • Nobody/Anonymous

      You were right, the contents of the <link> tags are changing. More precisely, every occurence of "http://blogs.msdn.com" gets replaced by "https://blogs.msdn.com:443" for a few minutes, then it's "http://blogs.msdn.com" again. I have no idea why they are doing this.

       
      • Nobody/Anonymous

        Weird. I guess then not only RSSOwl will have problems with that feed.

        In most cases the URL of an article is taken as unique identifier of a news. I that identifier changes, a Newsreader has to guess that the News has changed.

        Ben

         
    • Nobody/Anonymous

      Hm strange, I can not reproduce. RSSOwl is comparing Title, URL and PublishDate of a News to decide wether a once read News should be marked unread again.

      Could you please do as follows:

      • Mark all News read
      • Save the Blog using File > Save As

      Next time you see the described issue, save the feed again. Then carefully compare both files for the News that has been marked unread again. Maybe the URL has changed, or the Title?

      Ben

       

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