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Josh Ledgard (and apparently everyone else BUT me), is excited about the new MSDN Forums Beta.  Unless they’re planning on adding an RSS feed (and I don’t see any indication of that), count me out.

Why?  Simple.  I do everything in Outlook.  I use NewsGator for my RSS Aggregator.  It also can be an NNTP newsreader, but I don’t like how it formats my messages, and it’s awkward to post to NNTP newsgroups with it.  Also, since I use it to post to my blog, and it can only handle one posting plug-in, NNTP is out of the question anyway.  So, you think you’ve caught me, right?  I must use OE to read me news?  Nope.  There are plenty of NNTP Add-ins for Outlook these days.  I heartily recommend two of them, NewsLook and NewsHound.  I wasn’t very impressed with the 1.x releases of NewsHound, but am much more impressed with 2.0.  NewsLook has always been stable for me.  I don’t think you can go wrong with either.

So, anyway, I open up Outlook first thing in the morning, and I leave it open all day long.  The things that I want to see (and some spam) come to me.  I don’t go to them.  If I have to go to a news source outside of Outlook, I won’t go.  Sorry, Josh.

Oh, I realize I haven’t posted here in a while and lots of people have left comments on various posts.  I haven’t responded to those either.  I hope to get caught up soon.  Was switching projects and dealing with a lot of personal stuff, and fell behind.  I’m up for air now and will start posting again.

UPDATE:  scoob points out that I'm blind.  There ARE RSS feeds for every forum.   I'll shut up now.  Thanks, Mr. Ledgard.  :)

Posted on Saturday, April 9, 2005 6:52 PM Visual Studio , .NET Development | Back to top


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# re: MSDN Forums Beta
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There are RSS feeds for every forum. Check for the little orange XML tags in the bottom right on the forum view.

http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/rss.aspx?ForumID=53&Mode=0

For example is the feed for the bugs & problems forum. This "mode" shows all new posts in the forum. If you switch the mode = 1 then you get all unanswered questions. So, really, every forum has 2 RSS feeds!

As someone who makes heavy use of RSSBandit I can tell you that the feeds could be better, but we'll improve them over time. Let me know how you'd like them to look.
Left by Josh Ledgard on Apr 09, 2005 9:35 PM

# re: MSDN Forums Beta
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Thanks for the correction. :-)
Left by Josh Ledgard on Apr 10, 2005 10:06 PM

# re: MSDN Forums Beta
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I tried to use the forum. It doesn't work . Are these messages held in limbo somewhere and censored before they become visible?
Left by Sahir on Jan 08, 2006 1:00 AM

# re: MSDN Forums Beta
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It doesn't work in both IE6 and FireFox.
Regards
Sahir Shah
Left by Sahir on Jan 08, 2006 8:07 PM

# re: MSDN Forums Beta
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Are you sure? It works fine for me in both. If there's a "contact us" link somewhere, you might try that and send them your issues. I can provide some e-mail addresses, if necessary.
Left by Chris J. Breisch on Jan 25, 2006 5:22 AM

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