A web feed is a lightweight mechanism used to provide users with details of updated content on the web. Content distributors provide web feeds with their content (known as syndication), and users can then monitor the feeds for changes or use the supplied content in other ways (known as subscribing).
Sites about web feeds and syndication may be suggested here, including details of the processes involved at both ends, FAQs, and tutorials.
Sites specific to a particular format or protocol that has its own category should be suggested there instead. Sites about software to allow users to read feeds belongs in the linked category, rather than here.
Actual web feeds are listed throughout the directory according to their topic. Hence individual feeds should not be submitted to this category (unless of course the feed covers the topic of web feeds).
A syndication format. Website feeds are typically available in either RSS or Atom flavors, which notify subscribers of updated content.
RSS is a family of data formats used to publish 'feeds' containing news or detailed up updated content on the web. RSS stands variously for "Really Simple Syndication" (RSS 2.0), "RDF Site Summary" (RSS 1.0 and RSS 0.90), and "Rich Site Summary" (RSS 0.91).
Only sites about RSS and related technologies such as RSS readers and tools should be suggested to this category and its sub-categories. In particular:
- Individual RSS feeds on random topics do not belong here (unless the feed''s subject itself is RSS). Instead suggest them to a category based on the topic of the feed.
- Sites which deal with feeds in general, and so include information about Atom or RDF too, should instead be suggested to somewhere under Computers: Internet: On_the_Web: Syndication and Feeds.
- Sites focusing on particular aspects have their own sub-category. If one is appropriate for your site, it should be suggested there not here.