Sam Ruby came out with a posting that covers a conversation about characters and RSS 2.0 and Rogers Caldenhead, but ends up with a simple statement about syndication feeds:
The key takeaway here is to beware of anybody who preaches one true format or one size fits all. Each format has its strengths. And none of them are going away any time soon.
Meanwhile, you can help by spreading the word. The word is detente. RSS 1.0 has a reason to exist. RSS 2.0 has a reason to exist. And Atom has a reason to exist.
And if anybody tells you differently, and won’t listen when you suggest detente, take Brent’s suggestion and make use of the handy Unsubscribe button. That’s what it is there for.
I recently pulled my RSS 2.0 syndication feed, though it wasn’t quite for political reasons though the reason is personal, and I’m still not providing an RSS 2.0 feed. But I agree with Sam: there’s plenty of room for all syndication formats around here.
In support of syndication détente, I’m dedicating the following photo to Sam. It’s titled, Plenty of room for everyone.
(My God! I just wrote something about technology that may actually manage not to piss someone off! I must be losing my touch. )