October 23rd, 2004

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[syn] How can I get an RSS feed of my Friends Page?

This is a Frequently Asked Question, so I think it should be mentioned in the FAQs—either in a FAQ of its own or possibly in FAQ 149 "Where can I get an RSS or Atom feed of my journal?".

This is complicated a bit by the fact that there is no official feature to do so; in support requests, we typically point paid users to a workaround submitted by a user involving a custom style, but I'm not sure whether this sort of thing can go in the FAQ (compare renaming to a purged account, which we'll explain in support but which is not documented in FAQs).

If we choose option (a), though, then the title could be "Is it possible to get an RSS or Atom feed of my journal" with the answer starting off "No". If option (b), the title could be changed to "Where can I get an RSS or Atom feed of my journal or my friends page?" and there could be a paragraph saying it's supported for journals but not for friends pages.

If we do document the lj_nifty workaround, it might make sense to include FAQs 128 and 177 in the "FURTHER READING" section (the ones on creating S1 and S2 custom styles, respectively).

Buh, wibble. The main reason I can't make a good suggestion is because I don't know how much assistance with non-official things we want to give in FAQs. But I do feel rather strongly that there should be something in there—even if it's only "sorry, no can do—but RSS feeds are meant to be aggregated, so just add the feeds for all your 347 friends to your aggregator, bwahahaha".

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FAQ Updates (10/16 - 10/22)

Here's this week's FAQ updates. It includes everything since the last smackdown except the most recent entry (since it was only posted today).

As always, comment if there's any issues with these changes, or post a new entry if you want to suggest a different/big change.

[link] FAQ 210 updated to say that a HOSTS file can be used to block access to sites (instead of implying that it is only used for that purpose).

[link] FAQ 205's title changed to "How do I view shared journal and community user pictures on my Friends page?".

[link] FAQ 120's headings changed slightly to further distinguish between setting minsecurity for a personal journal vs. setting it for a community.

[link] FAQ 78's first paragraph was reworded to make it clearer that you should not create your community account as a personal account first.

[link] FAQ 134's first paragraph was changed to make it clear that you should not use screened comments to have private conversations with people, and that replying to a screened comment will unscreen it.

[link] FAQ 148 updated to separate password limitations from username limitations, and to slightly reword the sentence about moderation queue errors.

Cross-reference FAQs 67 and 208

FAQs 67 and 208 should probably be linked together. It's a natural connection, and the board's getting a lot of requests for "How do I label the link My Journal in my IM profile?" along with "How do I put a link to my journal in my IM profile?".

Edit: *sigh* It is a very frequently asked question though. Oh well.

Re-edit: All IM services I know of support or once supported HTML in their profiles. Also, this isn't providing more HTML assistance, just properly connecting what LiveJournal has already documented.

These FAQs could be connected through Further Reading or with text in the profiles.

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