How to Use RSS Feeds

About RSS

There are two ways to be notified of new content on the web site.

  • RSS feeds - described here.
  • E-mail subscriptions- described elsewhere in this section, sends notice of new content of a thread to the user's e-mail account.

Comparison of the methods- RSS feeds require users to configure programs to check for new content but the feeds don't send e-mail to you. E-mail notifications require less configuration and send e-mail mesages to your inbox. Either method may be used. The e-mail subscription method is usually easier to use.

Limitation of Comment RSS

The RSS method captures only front page content, so the e-mail subscription method is strongly suggested so that you do not miss conversations.

RSS is an acronym for 'Really Simple Syndication'. RSS permits you to use a news reader to check for any new items on the website.

There is only one RSS feed for the site that only notifies you of front page content.  The RSS feed is indicated by the orange RSS icon, rss feed icon.

It is important to understand that RSS does not 'send' information. Instead, it provides a web address where a news reader can 'check' to find new content. However, you can usually use e-mail software or a web browser to check the RSS feed for new content.

How to set up RSS.

There are several ways to subscribe to RSS. For example, most browsers and e-mail programs provide a 'news reader' component that can be used to check for updates.

Mozilla Firefox - Click the RSS icon on the web site. You will be presented with an option to store the RSS in a bookmark. Edit the 'Name' to provide distinction between other RSS feeds from the same site. By checking the bookmark at a later time, you will be relayed automatically to the new content on the site!

Internet Explorer - Click the RSS icon. You will be presented with an option to subscribe to the RSS in a 'Feeds'. Edit the 'Name' to provide distinction between other RSS feeds from the same site. Access the feeds using 'View>Explorer Bar>Feeds'. By checking the Feeds at a later time, you will be relayed automatically to the new content on the site!

Mozilla Thunderbird - The set up is a little more complicated, but I prefer using the e-mail program to the browser. Right-click the RSS icon and choose, 'Copy Link Location'. Start Thunderbird and set up a new account; one way to do this is 'Tools>Account Settings>Add Account>RSS'. Assign a name, e.g. Brookfield, then, select the new account in the folder panel. In the main panel, select 'Manage Subscriptions'. Click 'Add'. Paste the URL copied earlier in to the URL box. Then, you will see any updated content when you check your e-mail! The links will open a browser to show you the context.