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From Ian Holsman <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Fluoride
Date Sun, 10 Sep 2006 06:49:19 GMT

On 10/09/2006, at 12:48 PM, Otis Gospodnetic wrote:

> Hi Ian,
> A few thoughts and questions...
> If this is a proposal for an open-source FeedBurner (I think  
> somebody said that earlier), I'm for it - FeedBurner is ripe for  
> some competition. :)

kind of.. it will have a similar feature set, but aimed at people who  
like to have control of their own information on their own machines.

> I get the ping/poll thing, caching functionality is clear, but I  
> don't get what you mean by "personalized URL", "source feed would  
> then be adjusted", and "all external links would be personalized".

> I'm imagining some RSS/Atom feed with various items, absolute URLs  
> to external sites/pages, the usual stuff, and I don't know where  
> the personalized/adjusted bits fit in.  Could you please explain  
> and give some examples?


most large sites use anonymous session cookies to track things like  
page views/session, if the user is a return visitor, and clickpaths etc.

The problem/pain is happening  when you download a RSS feed into your  
RSS reader that tracking information isn't transferred, and some  
readers refuse permanent cookies, making it hard to determine (for  
the publisher):
- if you are a first time visitor,
- if you read the website and the RSS feed or just the RSS feed,
- what you are reading in your RSS viewer (as opposed to clicking  
through to the web page)
- how many RSS feeds you are viewing from the publishing site

personalized url's help a bit here. the idea is to have the  
publishing site not offer a 'simple' feed, but to offer a unique one  
which point's to our feed server.

on the page advertising the feed (eg 
rss/5262758.stm ) instead of displaying 

it would display 

so when people clicked on the link, they would subscribe to a unique  
when the RSS/atom feed is fetched by the RSS reader the software  
would know the anonymous ID of the user, tying the users web
browser to the RSS feed.

The next bit would be the actual XML returned. the links it would  
provide the RSS reader would also have the anonymous ID embedded in  
the links and other spots, so that when a user clicks on something it  
would be able to associate the anonymous session id with the incoming  
There would have to be some UserAgent magic involved so that  
aggregators like bloglines and planets  wouldn't be counted.

> I think you were the Lucene GData Server (Summer of Code project)  
> mentor to Simon, and Simon is planning on continuing his work on  
> that project within Lucene even after the summer.  Would that  
> project and the one you are proposing not have a lot in common,  
> both in terms of code/logic, as well as the context (serving  
> feeds)?  If so, would it make more sense to implement this in Java?

I don't think it would have that much in common with GData. but I'll  
take a look again


> Otis
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Ian Holsman <>
> To:
> Sent: Tuesday, September 5, 2006 5:20:09 PM
> Subject: Re: [PROPOSAL] Fluoride
> just doing a ping on this.
> is anyone interested in participating? or giving a '+1' to it?
> regards
> Ian
> On 24/08/2006, at 8:10 PM, Leo Simons wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 05:51:33PM -0400, Yoav Shapira wrote:
>>> Do proposed projects by current ASF members need official mentors  
>>> and
>>> champions who are different than the proposer?
>> Good question. This is the first time we have one like this :)
>> What Noel and others have said in the past is "essentially you need
>> 3 +1s
>> from ASF members" (and sometimes "incubator PMC members" instead, I
>> guess
>> what matters is somehow "minimum bindingness"). Which I sorta agree
>> with.
>> That said, I wouldn't suggest starting on something without having
>> a real
>> good feeling about having enough people to commit time to something.
>>> I'd be interested in participating in this, but I can't commit much
>>> bandwidth, so I'll probably just lurk on the mailing lists if/when
>>> they're created.
>> Same here. I'm a very enthousiastic +0 just on the basis that its
>> not java
>> ;-P
>> LSD
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