James Governor's Monkchips

Please subscribe to my feedburner feed so my stats make sense

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Apparently I still have around 250 people on a weird index.rdf legacy feed.

Ideally you would subscribe to my feedburner feed instead, so i can work out my stats, and provide some better formedness.


  1. Do you really trust the Feedburner stats? I certainly don’t!

  2. there are very few things in life i “really trust”. a few good friends but that’s about it. some information is often better than no information though, expecially when you can traingulate with other services, and i do really want to get rid of the ludicrous index.rdf feed. its losing me friends.

  3. James, couldn’t you put a re-direct in your .thaccess file which would send people to the feedburner feed from the index.rdf automatically?

  4. Next time I will go double check documentation first. Should be a 301, not a 302. sorry.

  5. Well, I’m subscribed to your atom feed, not your rdf feed 😉

  6. I’m one of those people still pulling the index.rdf feed. As Tom Raftery notes, what you need to do is to redirect requests to the index.rdf URL over to Feedburner. But… you need to make sure that Feedburner gets the right URL and doesn’t itself get redirected.

    I do this for my own site, and it works great: I give people a standard feed URL (e.g., hecker.org/index.atom) that doesn’t have anything to do with Feedburner, and then redirect that to the Feedburner URL. That way I can switch to another service in the future if I want or need to, and subscribers don’t need to change anything.

    I do this directly in my Apache master configuration file, not in a .htaccess file, but I think the configuration directives are similar if not identical. Here’s what it might look like for your feed:

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !FeedBurner
    RewriteRule ^/index.rdf$ http://feeds.feedburner.com/JamesGovernorsMonkchips [L,R=302,NS]

    This basically redirects any browser and other user agent except for FeedBurner’s.

  7. I’m one of those 250 and I have updated my Google Reader entry.

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