Zorak (evwhore) wrote in suggestions,
Zorak
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Increase subject length for RSS entries

Title
Increase subject length for RSS entries

Short, concise description of the idea
Entries shown via RSS feeds currently have their subjects truncated at 100 characters/255 bytes, whichever occurs first. This limit should be raised.

Full description of the idea
In particular, the "dinosaurcomics" feed often has subjects that exceed 100 characters. The RSS feed is the *only* place where this subject appears (it doesn't even appear on the actual dinosaurcomics web site, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_comics under "Easter Eggs").

For an illustration of this problem, compare

http://syndicated.livejournal.com/dinosaurcomics/131578.html

which has a subject of "followed up by t-rex's "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Cat Who Ate a Person", and the more educ"

and

http://www.rsspect.com/rss/qwantz.xml

where you can see that the full subject is "followed up by t-rex's "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Cat Who Ate a Person", and the more educational "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Troposphere Is Where Weather Exists.""

An ordered list of benefits
  • Users would get to see the full subjects of RSS articles as the author intended.

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • None.

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Make the limit bigger. This should be pretty trivial, although it may involve changing a column type in a database somewhere. Why do you ask for implementation suggestions from end users who may have no idea of the underlying architecture/infrastructure?
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