Forum RSS feeds

It is not advertised in the interface, but this Discourse instance exposes RSS feeds. I wanted to monitor the Links category, so I modified https://discourse.nixos.org/c/links/12 to https://discourse.nixos.org/c/links.rss and fed it to elfeed.

Other categories are probably similarly RSS-ified.

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Tip: many RSS clients will correctly follow the <link /> exposed in the page’s HTML. So putting the “normal” page addresses in your RSS reader might work.

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I don’t know how smart readers are expected to be, but Announcements page source contains:

    <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Latest posts" href="https://discourse.nixos.org/posts.rss" />
    <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Latest topics" href="https://discourse.nixos.org/latest.rss" />
    <link rel="alternate nofollow" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS feed of topics in the &#39;Announcements&#39; category" href="https://discourse.nixos.org/c/announcements/8.rss" />

That is: the third link is correct, and the reader must check the title to filter the other.

So if you happen to get all posts instead of just a category’s posts, that could be the reason.

The client I’m using will suggest all of those. So you can pick from those titles. But yes, highly client-dependent. I suggested the tip not to you necessarily, but as a hint to “just try it and see” to other peeps :slight_smile:

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awesome! added to my Nix feed :slight_smile: thanks