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a note to RSS subscribers

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 28, 2010

From Keepa’s first day on through to this morning, Keepa’s RSS feed has carried the full text of all posts. I apologize for the inconvenience it may cause some of you, but from here on forward, the RSS feed will carry only a summary rather than the full text.

This change is made because of one too many commercial websites run by so-called Latter-day Saints who have been using the RSS feed to republish the full text of Keepa posts, sometimes without a link to Keepa, sometimes without even my name. Abbreviating the RSS feed won’t absolutely prevent that kind of theft, of course, but it will make it less convenient for the thieves.

Link to Keepa on your own websites — I’m flattered. Quote paragraphs within the fair use consideration if you want to. Please don’t repost entire articles, though, at least not without asking for permission.

And if you’re one of those webmasters who is stealing LDS content to draw eyes to your commercial website, stop picking my pocket to line your own!



  1. It’s too bad you’re forced to do this (I much like sticking to Google reader and not clicking through to the end site), but I understand…

    (I don’t comment here often, but I read daily. It’s one of my sanity-restoring sites. In fact, I guess I haven’t really been commenting anywhere lately; it’s been too crazy of a 2010.)

    Comment by queuno — February 28, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

  2. Wow, I am surprised that people are so unscrupulous. Thank you, Ardis, for all your amazing work.

    Comment by kew — February 28, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

  3. Thanks for understanding, and especially for wording it so nicely, queuno and kew.

    I’d prefer to make it as convenient as possible for you to access Keepa – I don’t mind, for instance, when republishes the full text, even though that means I don’t have any idea of who or how many people are reading (the thrill of the stats is part of the payback for blogging, you have to realize) – but the for-profit sites are just too much to bear right now.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 28, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

  4. I can’t believe that people are so rotten, but, then again, I can.

    Comment by Maurine — February 28, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

  5. Callin’ it as she sees it, go Ardis.

    Comment by jeans — March 1, 2010 @ 4:53 am

  6. Ardis,

    You have my vote.

    Comment by Rameumptom — March 1, 2010 @ 9:08 am

  7. It would be nice to have a paragraph, although not the full post, in the rss feed rather than just the title.

    Comment by ClarkGoble — March 1, 2010 @ 9:36 am

  8. More than nice, Clark; it’s essential. I thought the first few lines would be included when I switched the option from “full post” to “summary.” I’ll figure out today how to force a summary.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 1, 2010 @ 9:40 am

  9. Okay, I’ve figured it out. The summary seems to be drawn from the same data, though, that “Recent Comments” draws on, and obviously I don’t want a whole paragraph repeated many times there. Will have to rethink.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 1, 2010 @ 9:48 am

  10. Ick, sorry you have had to deal with all of that.

    (That said, I see it as a sort of backhanded compliment, however unsavory and unethical the tactic, which of course I’m not condoning. 😉 )

    Comment by m&m — March 2, 2010 @ 2:30 am

  11. As one of the “so-called Latter-day Saints” referenced above, I’d like to comment here.

    No one, at least at my website, is interested in “stealing” the full text belonging to Mr. Parshall or any one else. This is a settings issue with feeds that KeepAPitchin is publishing to third party aggregators, in this case,

    If you do not wish for your articles to be published in their entirety through NothingWavering to everywhere else, please do change your feed settings. But do not rant at me or anyone else because you erroneously submitted an entire article there.

    [Please note that I did not “out” a single person or organization by name, and that Mr. Smith has chosen himself to admit to wrongdoing in this public fashion. Also, my choice to publish at Nothing Wavering does not cancel my copyright or grant permission for some unknown person to take my work. Mr. Smith’s defense is like saying a mugger is justified in taking my cash because if I hadn’t wanted it stolen I would not have withdrawn it from the ATM. — AEP]

    Comment by Jenny Smith — March 2, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

  12. Um, this is (Mrs.) Jenny Smith.

    The difference between stealing content (ie, mugging) and submitting a feed is that submitting an RSS feed is an intentional act on the part of the content provider. I did not come to your site and take information. You submitted your content to a blog aggregator using a syndication feed, which means that you intended for it to be syndicated.

    An RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed is used expressly for the purpose of syndicating content. When done correctly, it will drive users to your site. You submitted your site to Nothing Wavering. Nothing Wavering took your feed, exactly as you submitted it, added others and then provided an RSS feed of that aggregation to other sites (like mine) so that your site can reach a broader audience. Increasing your reach was your intent in publishing the feed.

    In this case, your feed wasn’t formatted the way you preferred. This is not *my* fault, nor is it the fault of Nothing Wavering. You simply have a settings issue. Now that you know what the problem is, you can fix your feed to show your name and link and however much information you want (or don’t want) published.

    I can understand why you would be upset that you content was published in a way that did not give you the credit a content provider deserves, but kindly stop blaming me for the errors in your syndication settings.

    [Mrs. Smith, I referred to you as “Mr.” because that is how you incorrectly referred to me.

    The formatting issues have nothing to do with the material you were reposting on your own website without permission — the formatting discussed in comments occurred AFTER I switched the settings to prevent the easy theft of material by you and others like you. No one is blaming you for formatting problems; don’t try to shift the focus from your own dishonest practices that way.

    I repeat, you have no right to publish my material on your website, regardless of format, regardless of source, regardless of your own ignorance, regardless of your intent. You simply have no right to my material, any more than my downloading of a song from iTunes entitles me to distribute it, or my reading of an online newspaper entitles me to post the text of all the articles I like, or my visit to your website entitles me to snag your material and post it here at Keepa. It amazes me that you cannot understand something that simple. — AEP]

    Comment by Jenny Smith — March 2, 2010 @ 3:40 pm