If you read this site via the email feed...

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23 April 2006

…be aware that the reason you keep getting multiple emails from the site, each with seemingly the same content as the last, is that each time a person comments it causes a new update to be sent out. You can tell the difference by the number in brackets after the subject; that number tells how many comments there are. So, for example, you’ll soon be getting an email with a subject of “My belief in God [4]” because I’ll have added the fourth comment to it.

The problem, then, is that you can’t see the comments in the email that gets sent to you. Thus, I recommend that you always click the link to read the article directly on the website. In that way, you’ll get the article in it’s original context and you’ll have the comments.

Questions? Please post them in the comments for this article ;-)

  1. Matt says:

    So, Mr. TextPattern smarty pants… why not mod the source to make it so you send the new comment text in the e-mail. Or, even better, do that as well as have two separate feeds to subscribe to either just the addition of a new article, or the addition of any new comments.

  2. Matt says:

    Oh – and for those readers who don’t know how to do the whole RSS subscript thing, download this and then read this: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Thunderbird_:FAQs:_RSS_Basics.

  3. Nathan Arthur says:

    Cause the email feed is just an RSS-to-email gateway, and Textpattern’s RSS feed code kinda sucks. Specifically, the entire RSS generator is implemented as one huge method, so modifying the feed behavior involves rewriting (copy-and-paste style) the entire feed generator. It isn’t worth it.

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