Last Updated: Sep 17,2013
I noticed the rss no longer provides the full article. Is there a new rss with this available?
I noticed this too. Despite the fact that Google Reader is getting killed, I will be using it until the day it dies... and now Phandroid is way way less accessible as I have to click to read every article. And it blows on NewsRob now.
I'm using Taptu and have full articles in feeds. Perhaps give Taptu a try?
The issue is that the site itself is no longer including full article text in its RSS feed.
Yes I've seen a few complaints on this via email, too. I will ask about this when I talk to Rob tonight.
I just checked the Phandroid rss feed in my Taptu android app and the Taptu web interface and both seem to be loading full article text for each article.
That's irrelevant to the concern at hand. Taptu isn't showing you the text from the RSS feed, then. It's using the RSS feed as a link to show you the full web page.
If you go to the actual RSS feed URL Android Phone Fans and view source you will see that the text excerpts are all cut off with [...]. Whereas the feed for, say, MobileSyrup has full text right in the feed itself.
Many RSS readers rely on the text in the feed as a low-bandwidth version to display first to the user. It's a waste of bandwidth to have to load the full content just to read more than a short paragraph.
Thanks for looking into it. Let us know what you find out.
Has there been any update on this?
Still no improvement.
This isn't going to change back, to my knowledge. I will mention that I'm still seeing complaints, because I am, and ask him to weigh whatever benefits he was hoping to gain against them - and see if we get lucky.
We have another chat in a couple days.
Thanks for following up on this. Sometimes, the articles don't have a whole single sentence, which isn't even a good summary to try and drive traffic to follow through to the website.
What this typically means is when I'm reading feeds, if there are 10 Phandroid articles and all I see is a summary sentence I am far more likely to just skip the whole article. If the full text is there I'm more likely to click through to check out comments if it's been an interesting read.
Just to update - as of September 5th this looks to have changed back. The RSS feed now shows full article text. Thank you and please keep it this way!
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