It seems that FeedBurner is in autopilot without anyone at the helm, since my subscriber stats just dropped to zero and whoever remains there (or at Google) hasn’t apparently been keeping up with RSS specs.
For some idiotic reason, they have apparently decided to start considering
guids as valid permalinks even when I explicitly set
False and remove any and all semblance to a valid URL.
This has had the interesting effect of completely breaking my feed for everyone, and has apparently happened sometime this weekend.
For the curious, I was doing this:
This because I use the
link element to point to things outside my site, as a convenience to my readership:
…and aggregators shouldn’t, by convention, use the
guid for anything visible to the user (it’s meant to be used solely for unique item tracking).
It even contined to do so when I removed the
http:// prefix from
So, as a temporary fix, I’ve removed the
guid elements from my feeds.
This is bound to result in all kinds of secondary breakage in aggregators that rely on
guids to identify unique items and that happen to include feeds from the places I link to, but it is the only thing I can do.
P.S.: Pointers to alternative services are welcome, by the way. As a side note on advertising and keeping up with the hosting costs, I’ve been wondering if The Deck would be an alternative and allow me to remove all other ads on the site as well, but it is invite-only and US-centric…