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Opened 18 years ago

Closed 16 years ago

#3513 closed enhancement (fixed)

RSS feeds need updateFrequency to limit scans by Outlook

Reported by: _ck_'s profile _ck_ Owned by: westi's profile westi
Milestone: 2.7 Priority: low
Severity: trivial Version: 2.0
Component: Template Keywords: has-patch dev-feedback needs-testing
Focuses: Cc:


I discovered a few visitors were pulling down the RSS feeds thousands of times each day without realizing it. This turned out to be because they are using the new Office 12/2007 update with IE7 and that makes it pull down the entire feed every time they check mail, sometimes every 10 minutes or less (thanks Microsoft!)

This problem is about to become widespread when many more people upgrade.

RSS feed needs this namespace added


then specify an hourly frequency maximum check time:

<sy:updatePeriod> hourly </sy:updatePeriod>
<sy:updateFrequency> 1 </sy:updateFrequency>

Comments Feed needs the addition as well, perhaps atom feeds too.

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Change History (19)

#1 @markjaquith
18 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.0.6 to 2.2

#2 @foolswisdom
17 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.2 to 2.3

#3 @Nazgul
17 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added

#4 @Otto42
17 years ago


This would really help reduce the load due to some stupid feed readers without resorting to feedburner, which is what a lot of people have done to deal with it.

#5 @rob1n
17 years ago

  • Owner changed from anonymous to rob1n
  • Status changed from new to assigned

17 years ago

#6 @rob1n
17 years ago

  • Keywords commit added

#8 @rob1n
17 years ago

  • Keywords commit removed

#9 @rob1n
17 years ago

I guess the patch solves it for the RSS 2.0 feeds (posts and comments).

#10 @rob1n
17 years ago

  • Keywords dev-feedback added
  • Owner rob1n deleted
  • Status changed from assigned to new

#11 @Nazgul
16 years ago

  • Keywords needs-testing added

#12 @ffemtcj
16 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.5 to 2.6

#13 @_ck_
16 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.9 to 2.6.1

I seriously cannot believe it's taken TWO YEARS to include this trivial fix for a fairly common issue given the sheer number of Outlook users. Is it just being missed?

#14 @santosj
16 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.6.1 to 2.7
  • Priority changed from normal to low
  • Severity changed from normal to trivial

Gots to show tickets some love for them to get in. Does seem pretty easy. Moving to trunk.

#15 @westi
16 years ago

  • Owner set to westi
  • Status changed from new to assigned

The patch looks good to me for trunk.

I think we may want to do something cleverer than setting it to every hour though.

Maybe we can easily pre-compute something on the post publish hook which says how often a site is updated e.g. posts per month / hours in month

Or maybe we can expose a single ui option?

I'll get the patch in but leave this open for further discussion.

#16 @westi
16 years ago

(In [8619]) Add syndication frequency recommendations to rss2 feeds. See #3513 props _ck_.

#17 @jacobsantos
16 years ago

Is this fixed? The patch seems to be committed.

#18 @Otto42
16 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed


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