Okay, for those of you who missed the drama at Progressivebloggers.ca or my original post on this topic, here’s the deal:
1) We’ve decided (and this shouldn’t be taken as a small accomplishment – it may sound like a small accomplishment merely to decide something, but for those in doubt, just check the progressivebloggers thread linked to in the original post) that it may be a good thing to have a far-left feed aggrigator for a wide range of people on the far left who don’t quite fit in with existing feed aggrigators like vast left wing conspiracy, progressivebloggers.ca or the blogging dippers.
2) I’ve imagined this feed aggrigator as being in a simple “river-of-news” format akin to vast left wing conspiracy simply due to the fact that: a) it’s simple and b) because I’m already pretty inept at this stuff that I imagine right now I’ve gotta crawl before I can walk and something more complex like the voting system at progressivebloggers.ca is way beyond me right now.
3) Okay, here’s the important part: I’m having some difficulty finding something that’s suitable. Nothing seems to work. Here’s a list of the failed attempts thus far:
#1. creating an account with feedbucket.com in order to share it with everyone
a) Can’t publish one master feed list (unless I’m doing something wrong).
b) If we go low-tech and give everybody the username and password, then anybody can just add whatever feeds they want and there’s a risk that as the community grows, it gets out of control.
c) can’t delete feeds once added
#2. Creating an account with feedbite.com in order to share it with everyone
a) feeds are not ordered chronologically. So, for instance, when I up all of the feeds for the blogs I have on my blogroll, Scott Neigh’s blog somehow got to go first and everything he’s written in the past couple of months went first, followed by everything Louis Proyect’s written in the past couple of months et cetera all the way down to some very recent stuff that Anna Marie and myself wrote which gets burried at the very bottom.
b) other than that though, this solution would be great if we could fix that problem.
Now, there are still some problems in and above these. For instance, I don’t think either solution solves Red Jenny’s problem of insufficient room for discussion.
We can still do April Reign’s solution which would be setting up a wordpress blog and then just having us carry the feed on each of our respective blogs. The only problems with this that I see is that, firstly, I don’t know if blogspot blogs can host other feeds on their sidebar like wordpress blogs can. Secondly, we would all have to make a point of logging on to this joint wordpress blog and post whatever we’ve written on our regular blogs.
Any thoughts and/or ideas? Any comments on the item’s I’ve tried or on April Reign’s suggestion?