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newsticker customization surprises

From: Jude DaShiell
Subject: newsticker customization surprises
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:52:25 -0400 (EDT)

I enabled slashdot freshmeat wired and quoteoftheday news feeds as 
pre-packaged with newsticker in latest version of emacs.  All feeds failed 
since they've been redirected and newsticker hasn't got update capability 
for its feeds either.  The one good thing about newsticker is unlike canto 
it does not hold cursors hostage at the bottom of the screen once opened.  
After this, it's time to delete urls from newsticker except for emacswiki 
which does offer a readable feed from newsticker then go search out feeds 
at current addresses and add those and see if they'll work.  If any 
redirect handling for newsticker is done, I recommend first have 
newsticker go to the redirect url and validate the url.  No articles 
probably means bogus or inactive feed.  1 or more articles should cause 
newsticker to let the user know the original name of the feed; the 
redirected name of the feed, the article count newsticker has accessed, 
then ask the users permission to update that old feed with the redirected 
feed.  I think that would be a reasonable approach for handling redirects 
in rss news readers generally and in newsticker specifically.  Maybe 
newsticker can already do this and it's somewhere in the customizations 
but I haven't go down that far yet.

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