Sam (l33tminion) wrote in suggestions,

Truncate large feeds rather than failing to update

Truncate large feeds rather than failing to update

Short, concise description of the idea
If a feed is larger than the size limit, just read the first however-many kb instead of failing to load.

Full description of the idea
This idea was originally suggested in 2007 ( The size limit on syndicated feeds was not increased, but the behavior was otherwise not changed. If a feed is too big, the feed does not update at all, but the error is not visible unless users specifically check the profile for that syndicated feed.

An ordered list of benefits
  • When a site serves too-large RSS feeds, syndicated feeds are still updated as expected without requiring LJ to use too much bandwidth / storage.
  • Avoids users missing updates to syndicated feeds.
  • Fixes the problem without requiring coordination with other sites.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Sites that serve too-large feeds by default probably should limit the size of their feeds.
  • Trickier than just raising the limit (as per (On the comments for the previous instance of this suggestion, aveleh suggests that the limit should be 512k to match FeedBurner, and I agree.)
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