sorry for the updates!

Roller the engine behind this weblog, does not give one the ability to make minor changes to a post. That is every change, however minor - be it just adding a new tag to a post - changes the updated time stamp in the associated rss 1.0 or atom feed. For people reading this post from my official blog site this won't be noticeable at all. But for those reading this with aggregators such as JNN or BlogBridge, or even for those web aggregators such as Planet RDF, they will be forced to either never take account of updates and only order posts by created time stamps, or they will have to suffer what may seem like SPAM behavior. So this is a plea for forgiveness from my Planet RDF readers.

To solve this problem Roller's editing window should have a small checkbox with the text "minor updated" next to it. Ticking that checkbox would leave the updated time stamp as is, though the change could be noted by an edited time stamp. Note that having an edited time stamp is not at all necessary. But it would make a couple of things more easy, such as helping clients to synchronize with minor edits on the server without disturbing run of the mill readers. The app:edited element was added to the Atom Application Protocol, for just this reason in fact.

Update: I have created feature enhancement request 1358 on the roller JIRA site. Please add your comments or support for this feature there. It should require only a very little amount of coding.

Comments:

Yeah, I just spammed some old entries by going back and fixing some formatting and typos.

I guess I am done with that for a while.

Posted by Shawn Ferry on February 15, 2007 at 08:22 AM CET #

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