Feed on Comments: Why?

I had not started Liferea in… Pfff, too long to remember. I could find tons of excuses, but I don’t even want to bother—it’s Saturday and it’s been a rather long week. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I ran it today whilst keeping an eye on the Irish being crushed by the All Blacks on TV. Spider webs were caught all over the place and feeds had broken here and there: the Internet had swallowed them with no mercy. Some sites had lived and died in the meantime.

So began the tedious process of updating the feeds. I was browsing through the sites I usually visit, and noticed that quite a few of them were displaying feeds for… the comments.

What is the point? I mean, okay, feeds are a great thing and everybody starts to pour them in every single meal they prepare. But, comments? Who would like to aggregate comments from several sites? Especially considering that the comments are very often irrelevant, or littered with spam.

I can only see one use of this. The webmaster is quite a busy man or woman and does not want to bother visiting his/her own website to check the comments left, so she/he adds a feed for the comments. This is a bit like a tool for administrative purposes. So why share it with others?

No, really, I don’t see the point…


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