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RSS aggregator as task aggregator: One of the things I like about the Ultra Gleeper is its RSS feed, which not only gives you recommendations but also the interface you for rating the recommendations, right in your aggregator. It works really well for me because I use Feed On Feeds, so my aggregator supports Javascript (incidentally, only recently did I find out that "DHTML" is just a code word for "Javascript"). It should work in any aggregator since they any aggregator has to be web-enabled enough to handle clicking on a link, even if it doesn't support Javascript.

If ever again I get into a segfault.org-like situation where every day I have to go through a bunch of user submissions and publish or kill them, it'd be easy to do that as a series of operations in my RSS aggregator. There's an emerging consensus that anything non-urgent you have to keep an eye on should be exposed through RSS, but I'd like to actually be able to take action on those things without having to click over to the main site. You'd see the item, and then any controls neccessary to edit the item, and buttons to publish or kill it. About as easy as such things get.

The only drawback to this idea is that you have to authenticate to get a customized RSS feed, so either your browser needs to store username and password or you need to stick it into the feed URL.

A similar idea in the same vein, which I didn't actually use, was the idea of wrapping any RSS feed at all in Gleeper clothing. The result would look almost exactly like the old RSS feed, but each item would be annotated with a set of rating controls for each link in the entry. I never did this because it'd be way too much trouble to be an RSS feed man-in-the-middle, and change all my subscriptions to point to the cache. It's a good idea though, until someone gets mad that you're changing their RSS feeds, which I estimate would take 16 seconds.

Update: It occurs to me that one could combine these ideas. Suppose you have a website that keeps track of tasks for you, and provides an RSS feed for the tasks, but you have to click through the RSS feed to actually manipulate the task. You could write a script that annotates the RSS feed with the HTML forms and links you need to manipulate the task, and do it all from your aggregator.

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