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Allow minor updates to a blog post without updating a feed

  1. SM
    Member

    We've all done it, misspelled a word or something and not found it until the next day. You wanna fix that little typo, but you don't want to annoy your readers who get your full text feed.

    Or maybe you have several errors, all the time, and you find them about every two hours throughout the day, and you have absolutely no idea that you are annoying the crap out of your subscribers (trust me, you are).

    WordPress needs a way to correct a minor post error without resetting the date on the feed. Please.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  2. theichibun
    Member

    12345

    I like this. How would it be implamented though? The best idea would probably be a box you could check for it being a minor update.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  3. Mark Jaquith
    WordPress Lead Dev

    12345

    I like this. And I agree with theichibun, best way is to assume all updates are major and have a "minor update" checkbox. That's how MediaWiki does it.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  4. SM
    Member

    I'm not sure how doable this is. I've gone in to the MySQL tables and edited the mistake there, and I'm sure I didn't change the edit date. Still, after a few hours, the items on the feed were marked updated.

    I've tested this on two different feed readers, and they both indcated a change

    The only thing I can think of is a new XML tag you could include along with the feed to tell the feed reader to chill out.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  5. Christiaan
    Member

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    Yes please! There was a plugin that used to do this wasn't there?

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  6. rarosalion
    Member

    Just wondering - is this really an issue with wordpress, or the way RSS or the actual feed readers work?

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  7. seanlindsay
    Member

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    Apart from the fixing-spelling-errors thing, this is a headache if you move an existing site to WordPress.

    I've got 170 old posts that I'd like to reformat, re-tag and generally tweak. But these will all appear in the feed again if I edit them. It's not a showstopper, but i find it irritating when old posts from other sites show up in my feed reader, and I'm sure my subscribers do too.

    (Have to learn more about how feeds are generated before I can propose a concrete solution.)

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  8. rubys
    Member

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    In the case of Atom, you actually do want the feed to be updated, so new readers can see the corrected version and existing readers can update their cached copy. What you don't want is for the entry to bubble back to the top. This can be accomplished by simply not updating the updated element in the entry if the checkbox is checked. See also ticket 5196.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  9. Ozh
    Member

    12345

    Sounds awesome. Me likes.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  10. CiaranG
    Member

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    Not yet "Addressed by Plugin", but for the brave, it's "Addressed by Hack" - http://blog.ciarang.com/posts/wordpress-minor-edits-hack/

    Posted: 5 years ago #

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    This is plugin territory