Displaying comments in feeds.

This is a big question ... one that i have been going back and forth on.

One way is that we can define the comments as part of the items and actually put them in the same content element of the feed. That way, should someone display the content (description element), the items would show pretty much as you see them here.

That is a very unusual approach on the blogosphere ... dont know of anyone who is doing it.

The other way is to have separate feed of the comments. This is the usual way. The URI would look something like:
http://fastblogit.com/seth/comments/feed


Discuss ...

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  1. comments
  2. blogosphere
  3. feeds

Comments


Mark de LA says
The comments have to get back to the items they apply to somehow - however it is done.

Seth says
... there would be a URI pointer from the item feed to the uri of the comments .. and visa versa. In the database they are simply linked together because they have the same `id`.

Mark de LA says
In some cases the comments are more important than the item.

Seth says
I believe that the primary motivation behind comment feeds is that when you make a comment on someone's item, you will get notified when someone responds to that comment. If each permalink has a feed (and it will), and if we include the comment in the content of the item, and if we update the date ... you will get notified ... hmmm ... gotta work on that one a bit

Seth says
Blogs evolved to be shouts ... me shouting to the world ... comments were kind of an after though. Blogs are more centered around the ego of the blogger. This fastblogit media has become more adapted to dialogue .. more like USENET ... yet with folksonomy and groups in control is better than USENET.

Mark de LA says
I'm also thinking of the feed as a backup/restore avenue - is that possible. Actually the database & ISP should have enough backup so that only a few items get lost surrounding a momentary interruption

Seth says
... yes, definitely feeds are a backup of the database ... also form the basis of inter domain migration

Seth says
for " inter domain migration" see W;hat would be fun to do ...

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