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use a feed reader

If you read what I write, I want to let you know that I really appreciate it. Please feel free to tell me how great I am!

And now I'd like to give you a recommendation as to how to read what I write. Use a feed reader.

The internet is really great. It's amazing that anyone anywhere can share anything with anyone else, anywhere else. The web on the other hand isn't great. It's a mess of confusing user interfaces and hostile parties who care more about money than you.

It sounds critical, but it's the sad truth.

There are alternative ways to access the information on the internet. Gopher, for example. But one of the easiest ways is to use a feed reader. Loads of websites already have feeds (the best ones are the ones that embed the whole content in the feed).

Feed readers provide a unified interface to all the sites you read. They are easy on bandwidth and make it more difficult for you to be tracked. It's a win win win win.

If you read a site with a feed but there's not an easy link to it, let the site author know! If they don't have a feed, recommend that they get one. Most site generators and CMSs (all the good ones anyway, and some of the bad ones) have an option to make one. If they don't have a full text feed, ask for one. If they only have RSS, not ATOM, ask for that too.

There are lots of readers to choose from. I recommend QuiteRSS, but I've heard people like Liferea, Elfeed, Newsboat, the Old Reader, Feedly... the list goes on. I used to have a script which emailed my feeds to my inbox for extra interface unity.

Anyway, that's all. There's a link to my feed in my header, it's http://nks.sh/feed.xml. So please, stop visiting my site! Use a feed reader instead.

(It has the added bonus of you always seeing what I've written, because who'd want to miss that?)

October 11, 2019