Filtering junk out of RSS using mozilla
By DaveLevy on Oct 24, 2006
I was reviewing an internal instance of Media Wiki (the technology on which WikiPedia is built) and I have set my Thunderbird mail client up to consume the two RSS streams that the Wiki generates. These are new pages and changes. My discovery is that Thunderbird message filters work on the RSS stream. This means that we can label the messages, and mark them as read, flag them even forward them using Thunderbird.
To me this means that a stream generating hundreds or thousands of entries can be reduced to a human level. It makes the RSS usable.
This won't just work on Media Wiki, but any RSS stream with high volume and a low signal to noise ratio. It helps if the publishing/aggregation system offers easy to identify search key such as the page name. With the new pages and changes, one can browse the new pages for interesting content and track the changes using filters on the changes feed.