OK, I’ve done my complaining and moaning over the universal RSS icon that Microsoft and Mozilla have agreed upon. I’ve stated my belief that what’s needed is not a shiny package but better education on the whats, whys and wherefores of RSS. So instead of just being a 30-year old internet version of Andy Rooney on the subject let’s figure out what we can do better.
I’m going to start an open-source project with the goal of making RSS simple and easy to understand and use by the masses. Anyone want in? The thought behind it is to make it so simple that a stay-at-home mom could get it and be using RSS within a day.
(By the way, there’s no assumption of intelligence behind that statment. I simply use it because stay-at-home moms have pressures and distractions that don’t make for a lot of time to sit down and spend 20 hours figuring out what something is. They want the equivalant of plug-and-play.)
I’m willing to setup and maintain a Writeboard for the community to write this. We need a document that can present to the world as the single most succinct and useful reference on RSS usability that can be found. Email me (cthilk-at-bacons-dot-com) if you would be interested in contributing to this. I’ll admit I’m not the smartest guy in the world but a lot of you out there come awfully close so I think we can do this.