Me during the day: why am I always so tired?

Me at 3 AM: I must design the database schema and update algorithm for my new RSS reader

Okay I wasn’t expecting quite the response to an off-the-cuff post about a project I’ve been talking about on and off for the last several years. I guess people really want a new RSS reader!

My initial thing is just building a subscription engine that supports authenticated private posts through a few different mechanisms and it’ll be a long time before I get any UX in place. In the meantime check out if you want the mature, stable self-hosted reader I’ve been using.

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And if you want to know more about this new project (which, I reiterate, will not be particularly usable for a long time and is initially just to prove out some protocol-level stuff), there’s a smattering of information about it on my blog, particularly at and

also seriously please don't hold your breath expecting Subl to, like, exist anytime soon. Literally all I've written is some ideas and a sketch of a database schema, and I have a day job and a severe chronic pain disability. I do appreciate the attention but I can only do so much. :)

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Just to centralize some of what I've been saying about this, I went ahead and opened a (very placeholder) repo at

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@fluffy your project is much further than most of mine

@SoniEx2 re the Feed On Feeds issue you opened, getting started with FoF dev is pretty easy and it seems like a pretty simple thing to add in, so if you have any willingness to add code to a pile of reasonably-well-factored PHP hacks I'd suggest giving it a try. :) I had written some adaptive refresh logic a while ago which never worked that well but might be possible to adapt or at least use as a guide.

@fluffy I'll see if I can find spoons for it some time.

@SoniEx2 yeah that's always the problem :/

FWIW I don't think the Refresh header really makes much difference, especially given FoF's defaults and popular sites hopefully using a CDN or reasonable caching to serve up the feeds anyway.

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