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Proposal for syndication FAQ category

I'd like to propose the creation of a syndication FAQ category containing the following questions. I'm sure that these need a fair bit of work still, but I nee dto take a break now and I figured it would be nice to let people view what I'm currently thinking, so consider this a first draft.

How do I add another site's syndicated feed to my Friends list?

This feature is available to members with Paid or Permanent Accounts. Information on how to purchase a Paid Account can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=21 .

To add a syndicated account to your Friends list, go to http://www.livejournal.com/syn/ . This allows you to add information from other websites to your Friends list, where the posts will appear precisely as though they had been made by a LiveJournal user.

You can add other feeds, if there isn't currently a LiveJournal account for that feed. Instructions on how to do this are at the bottom of http://www.livejournal.com/syn/ . The site that you want to add must have an RSS/RDF feed; you can't just add any URL. If you aren't sure whether or not the site you want to add has an RSS/RDF feed, contact the support services or webmaster of that website. Once you have added the feed, it may take up to several days for posts to begin appearing.

The number of syndicated accounts that you can add to your friends page is limited, depending upon their syndication points cost. More information about this can be found at $FAQURL

How do I add my friend's journal from a different journal site to my Friends list?

It is possible for Paid and Permanent Account holders to add journals from other sites to their friends list by using LiveJournal's syndication feature. More information about this can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=137 .

For the journals that are from a LiveJournal-code-based which uses the most recent version of the LiveJournal server code, each user's RSS feed is located at a URL such as the following:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/exampleusername/rss/

Replace www.livejournal.com in the example URL with the URL of the actual LiveJournal-code-based site, and "exampleusername" with the user whose journal you want to watch.

Doing this will not allow you to view the other user's Friends-Only entries, nor will it allow you to be added to their friends list in return. Also, currently it will not show the entire text of the user's entries on your Friends page, only the subject or first few words and a link to the entry. Additionally, any comments that you leave on the entry in LiveJournal will only appear to users viewing the entry through LiveJournal. As such it is recommended that you visit the other journal site to make any comments.

What is a syndication point? How many do I get?

Each user has a quota, based on account type, for how many syndicated feeds they can add to their friends list. Users with Paid Accounts have a quota of 10 points, whereas those with Permanent Accounts have a quota of 30 points. Each feed costs a variable number of points. This allows the "cost" of adding a syndicated feed to be spread out over multiple LiveJournal users. If you're the only person watching a feed, it will cost 1 point. If there are more users watching a feed, the cost drops proportionately. You cannot befriend feeds that "cost" more than the quota you currently have available to you.

What are some reasons which may cause a syndicated account to not work?

The most common reason why a syndicated account will not update is that there is some sort of problem with the RSS feed that it is syndicating from. There are several points to check:

The site must be a valid RSS feed. A normal HTML page will not work.

The feed must contain valid RSS. You can check that the feed's code is valid by using an RSS validator such as the one at http://feeds.archive.org/validator/ .

LiveJournal currently only supports versions 0.91 and 0.92 of RSS. Feeds that use different versions of RSS will not work.

If no updates are appearing, it is also possible that the feed itself is not updating, even if it contains valid RSS and even if the site that it is syndicating from is updating.

Where can I get an RSS feed of my journal?

All journals on LiveJournal have their own RSS feed which is located at a URL such as:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/exampleusername/rss/

where "exampleusername" is replaced by the user's username.

This will allow other sites or RSS aggregators to syndicate your journal. Note that this will not include any Friends Only or Private posts you make and it will only include the subject or first few words and a link to the entry, not the complete text of the entry.

Who owns a syndicated account? Can I edit the feed URL of a syndicated account?

Once a syndicated account has been created, nobody owns it. Nobody can log into it, make comments from it, or make entries to it in the conventional way. The only way that a syndicated account can be updated is from reading an updated RSS feed.

If the feed URL for a syndicated account that you watch changes, causing the syndicated account to stop functioning, then it is possible to change the feed URL. If this is the case, please submit a support request (http://www.livejournal.com/support/) in the syndication category.

Other than this, it is not currently possible to modify any information about a syndicated account.
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