Descriptons Are OPTIONAL. OK, so it looks like a…

2 minute read

Descriptons Are OPTIONAL.

_OK, so it looks like a couple people* in the community are not happy with the new "descriptions" feature. They are of course entitled to their own opinions, but I will **NOT** be removing this feature._ > >

And nor should you; my argument was for more choice not less so that the reader could choose. Of course publishers have every right to make their content available in any way they see fit.

_I have made it 100% optional. In fact, in the admin section, it actually says "OPTIONAL". I am not sure why this has become such an issue. If you don't like a blog using it, don't read it. Will some people stop reading a particular blog if the blogger chooses to use them? Maybe, but I guess it depends on the quality of the blogger._ > >

Well, I’ve never seen the admin section so I wouldn’t know about that. If occasional posts are long enough that it works better to have a description that links to them then that seems reasonable, although in my mind there is a fundamental distinction between these captured by “post” vs. “story” in many systems.

_I personally am quite bothered by the, "I will take my ball and go home attitude" if this continues and the assumption that this is some how related to showing ads on the blogs, which is completely ridiculous. If you could always have it "your way", I would have received a pingback or trackback about these posts and not had to hear about it through IM and email. :D_ > >

This isn’t the way that I would portray the argument and it has nothing to do with showing ads. It’s the reality of life in a world where we are so overloaded with information. I have so many competing calls for my attention from closed circulation industry press to magazines, mailing lists, news groups, web sites and blogs that I simply don’t have enough time to read everything I’d like to. Full RSS feeds are a way to maximise my reading time and to look at feeds when I wouldn’t otherwise have web access.

I appreciate the goal of driving community by having people visit the site to enable them to see and add comments and other links. There’s always a dilemma about whether you should add a comment on someone’s site or write your own blog entry. I guess pingback and trackback try to work towards solving some of these issues [apologies for not being sophisticated enough to be using either of them ;o)]. I know some people publish RSS feeds for their comments too.

I am frequently tempted to remove comments from my site because I think they have dubious added value. I think that if and when I reach the point where I can record referrers and maybe try to understand these pingback and trackback things that they may disappear.

_"As an end-user, I really prefer RSS feeds that have distinct abstracts in their elements rather than just blasting the content in there." [_[_ Don Box_](]_ > > </blockquote> Yes. I think it really is an end-user preference as Don suggests (okay, I'm being a little disingenuous reading it that way, but...). If I had an RSS aggregator for my Smartphone then I probably would want abstracts then too. I think it depends who, what, and where you are reading.