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MOZILLA Y U HATE RSS?!?

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The day they killed RSS (Livemarks) on Firefox

MOZILLA Y U HATE RSS?!?

Yeah that about sums up my feelings on the matter :-|

Mozilla and Firefox had a great idea with their original implementation of RSS, “Livemarks” but they didn’t build on that success or promote it to users, instead they tried to hide it, and now the latest blow… the emasculation of Livemarks.

Bug 613588 – (livemarksIO) Replace livemarks with asynchronous load-on-demand livemarks

Three major changes in Firefox: 1) Live Bookmarks are loaded “on demand,” instead of Firefox checking for new items in the background; 2) Live Bookmarks are handled asynchronously, which prevents Firefox from locking up whenever feed items are stored or accessed; and 3) Live Bookmark items are no longer considered “bookmarks,” speeding up the display of and searches for actual bookmarks. The basic rationale for these changes is presented here by the developer who eventually coded them. The reasons all make perfect sense

[here].

So… do the dev’s really hate RSS and are they trying to kill it off completely in the coming Firefox versions?

Well the signs don’t look great…

This Bug was posted on the 20th of June 2012 and still no sign of a fix…

It affects 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

So is even this watered down version of RSS going to wither on the vine?

Time will tell but things are not looking good for the future of RSS on Firefox, not good at all :-(

Note: A possible ray of hope:

Marco Bonardo [:mak] 2012-02-27 05:28:13 PST

(In reply to Girish Sharma from comment #105)
> Is there a way to disable this feature?, so as to load the livemarks
> automatically, without the need of going to each livemarks and waiting for
> it to load ?

Until bug 725964 is at least made better, updating livemarks is expensive. We don’t want our users to pay that cost they may not need (thus why the livemark load on access). That said, I’m evaluating making a really simple restartless add-on for users willing to pay that price.

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Written by SilverWav

September 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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  1. Probably because no one uses RSS anymore, everyone has migrated to Twitter to get their “what’s new” feed. (sad face)

    ric hardacre (@richardacre)

    September 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

    • Not me :)

      I even add rss feeds to my Flipboard app on My Samsung Note.

      SilverWav

      September 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

  2. From Linux Today:

    By GH Sep 05, 2012, 06:50

    “”Time will tell but things are not looking good for the future of RSS on Firefox, not good at all :-( “” Well some care about it, I always found it to be a problem, and never really liked the idea that something is “looking” for something that I just may not want at all. I have always done away with the RSS BS myself, never using it and I for one are happy the Mozilla has given some control back to FF users. All that default and auto stuff is imho, opening doors to users machines that shouldn’t be !

    SilverWav

    September 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    • >Never really liked the idea that something is “looking” for something that I just may not want at all.

      You subscribe to the RSS feeds, so by definition they are exactly what you want.

      >All that default and auto stuff is imho, opening doors to users machines that shouldn’t be !

      Yeah like your Home Page – that should be next on the list of automatically loaded stuff that they hack out.


      All they needed to do was have a preference (opt in) to enable auto loading of RSS for those that wanted it.

      SilverWav

      September 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm

  3. I am a heavy user of LiveMarks rss reeader on Firefox.
    In-fact, I loved the way Firefox changed it to load everytime on mouse hover (or on demand). Thats because, I am now getting the instant feeds rather than the cached feeds which were loaded a few hours ago. in the earlier implementation, I was always forced to reload feeds each time I view them as it used to show older feeds. The only drawback is it takes a few milli seconds to load… which is not a big problem (at-least for me).
    I thanked firefox when they’ve made this change. You thought the other way.

    Deekshith Allamaneni

    September 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

    • Part of the functionality that was hacked out, was the ability to set this checking to a higher frequency.

      Hopefully this will be added back in later.

      SilverWav

      September 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    • Previously this was possible:

      Reloading Live Bookmarks

      Changing the automatic reload rate of Live Bookmarks

      By default, Live Bookmarks are set to reload every 60 minutes. To change the reload rate, you need to set a hidden preference,

      Note: The minimum accepted value here is 60 (1 minute). If the value you enter is less than 60, Firefox will treat it as 60.

      SilverWav

      September 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm


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