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What is Syndication

This has been proposed before, where I argued that adding stuff to FAQ 137 was the way forward, but other people seemed to think we needed a new FAQ. I've been lookign this over now, and I think that a new FAQ would work too, provided we moved a whole lot of stuff across from 137. So that's what I'm going to propose.

Change FAQ 137 to read as follows:

You can add existing syndicated accounts either in the normal manner (http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=61) or by visiting http://www.livejournal.com/syn/ . This page lists the syndicated accounts that you are currently watching. From this page you can remove these accounts from your Friends list, or add new ones from the list of popular syndicated accounts shown immediately below.

If the feed you are interested in is not in this list, or there is no LiveJournal account associated with the feed you would like to add, you can use the form at the bottom of the page to add it to your friends list. If the account you would like to add already exists but is not in the list of popular syndicated accounts, then you can enter either the account name or the feed URL. If you are creating a new account, you need to know the correct URL of the site's RSS feed; you can't just use any URL. You may be able to get this information by contacting the webmaster or support service of the site. Once you have added the feed, it may take up to several days for posts to begin appearing. Users with Free Accounts cannot create new feeds.

General information about syndication on LiveJournal can be found at $new-faq-url.

Additionally, change it's subject to "How do I create a new syndicated account or add an existing one to my Friends list"

I then propose that we add a new FAQ, entitled "What is LiveJournal's syndication feature?" with text as follows:

LiveJournal syndication lets you automatically receive updates from a number of different websites and have them added to your LiveJournal friends page. It is most often used for sites that update content in an article format (or that update on a regular basis), like a journal, a news site, or a comic.

LiveJournal implements syndication by creating "Syndicated Accounts". These are updated when the account reads an RSS file from the host site and cannot be updated in any other way. LiveJournal regularly reads the RSS file to determine whether it has been updated. (Note that LiveJournal does not read directly from the site's homepage; the site must have an RSS feed.) If it has been updated, LiveJournal will create new entries in the syndicated account corresponding to the new content in the file. For more information about syndicated accounts, see http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=150.

If you add a syndicated account to your friends list, you will then see these new entries on your friends page. You can find further information on how to do so, and on how to create syndicated accounts, at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=137.

The number of syndicated accounts you may add to your Friends list is limited according to a points system. This is explained in full at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=153.

If you would like to try to find some Syndicated Accounts to add to your friends list to experience the Syndication system, please read http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=163.

Note that LiveJournal is not responsible for the external feed. If an external feed is discontinued or stops working then the syndicated account will stop receiving updates. More information about why a syndicated account may not work can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=151 .

Note also that LiveJournal makes no claim to the content supplied through any syndicated accounts.

(bits borrowed from gerg and lyspeth)

We would then need to modify all the other syn FAQs to point at the new FAQ rather than FAQ 137:

FAQ 153: "Instructions on adding a syndicated feed to your Friends list can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=137." becomes "Generally information about LiveJournal's syndication system may be found at $newfaqurl."
FAQ 152 -- URL change only

Please read this suggestion through carefully, as I don't have the energy to proofread it right now.
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