Silicon Valley Moms Group Partial Feeds - The "True Story"
Once upon a time when we started Silicon Valley Moms Group, we wanted to allow readers the options of viewing posts on our blog, through their readers (such as Bloglines, My Yahoo or Google Reader) or sent to their email inboxes. To allow this, we created web feeds of our "full" posts with nice little buttons to show the subscription choices.
Unfortunately, many big bad wolves (sploggers) took our subscription feeds and set up their own blogs with our content (without permission). When we tried to talk to the big-bad-wolf-sploggers, they said they were just subscribing to our feeds (a lie, just like the big bad wolf in Little Red Riding Hood). But we were getting exhausted chasing after so many big-bad-wolf-sploggers.
In response to this, we had to change our nice "full" feeds to "partial" feeds, so if they wanted to load the feeds to their own blogs, just part of our posts would be shown. This action chased away the big-bad-wolf-sploggers but also inconvenienced our readers (which made us sad). Now readers can only read the titles of our blog posts in their feeds, but can easily click over to read the full posts at our blogs. We hope that our readers will understand why we had to change to partial feeds - who wants wolves hanging around anyway?
And yes, we understand that this has upset many of our viewers. We kindly try and respond to each and every one of you that we have offended or upset, and explain why (oh why) we moved to the partial feed. And we REALLY understand your frustration.... really, we do! We promise that if you help us get rid of all the ugly, evil sploggers out there, we will (ahem) go back to full feeds... but until then.....
This is an original Silicon Valley Moms Blog post. When not chasing after big-bad-wolf-sploggers, Beth Blecherman is the Co-Founder of the Silicon Valley Moms Group. Her personal blog (TechMamas.com) discusses parenting and technology.