When RSS Is Missing

A response to: An example of why RSS is useful and important, Chris Hardie

Local councils/services publish a lot of news and procedural content. A perfect use case for RSS, but it’s seldom provided.

But this town does not offer an RSS feed on its website. Not for alerts, not for regular community news, nothing. (To make matters worse, it’s powered by web software that appears aimed at helping smaller towns and cities have a web presence, so we know this missing feature is now being repeated in communities across the world!)

An example of why RSS is useful and important

There is another step you can take. Contact the software makers and ask them to include RSS. If that fails, contact the website you want RSS feeds from.

Worst case they ignore you. Best case they bring RSS to their sites. I’ve done it and it does work. Some times.