When comparing requests for my RSS 0.91 and RSS 2.0 feeds, I've noticed that the 2.0 feed is fetched more often than the 0.91 feed. It's roughly 45% versus 55% right now. Both Bloglines and My Yahoo seem to prefer the 2.0 feed, which greatly amplifies the distribution of my 2.0 feed in a way that Apache log mining does not account for unless I look for the readership info they both leave behind.
Every news reader I know of handles 0.91 and 2.0 equally well. So this got me to wondering... What would happen if I stuck in a server-side HTTP redirect such that anyone asking for my 0.91 feed would instead get my full-content 2.0 feed?
Would anything break? Would it lead to any nasty surprises?
I'm not particularly anxious do this. I'm just kind of curious to know what would happen if I did.
Posted by jzawodn at July 12, 2004 09:10 PM