Are You Having Trouble with this RSS Feed?

I’ve received a couple comments surrounding a problem with my RSS feed. Apparently, some RSS readers are displaying the same posts over and over again. I use Google Reader and SharpReader and I’m not seeing it, but if you are having problems please email me at rob -at- softwarebyrob dot com and let me know your RSS reader and your symptoms.

I have a few ideas of things to try, but it won’t do me any good until I have a test case or two. Thanks in advance for your help!

Update: I received 30 emails last night and through the many screen shots and first-hand accounts I was able to pinpoint the problem: WordPress was not publishing the timestamp (aka pubDate) for each post, which confuses some RSS readers. After fiddling with FeedBurner I updated it to point to my RSS 2.0 feed instead of the RSS .92 and that appears to have fixed the problem.

Thanks to everyone who helped out with this troubleshooting effort, and if you continue to see weird RSS behavior please drop me a line.

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#1 brzozow on 10.16.07 at 2:31 am

I have problem with your feed.
I’m using feedreader. From time to time my reader download some articles again, with new date. For example: “Amazon Launches a Payment Processing API and a Startup Challenge” is downloaded twice. Once with date: 2007-10-12, second time in 2007-10-16.
This is the only feed that makes me trouble.

#2 Ashley Moran on 10.16.07 at 3:44 am

Hi Rob

I read feeds with NetNewsWire (OS X) and see a lot of posts repeated. Perhaps either the client or server is not handling updates to posts and treating them as new entries?