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  • It seems to take quite some time for the comments RSS feed to “catch up” to new comments that are posted. Someone on the #wordpress channel told me that it only updates after a new post has been posted or edited. Why is this? It seems counter-intuitive. If that’s not the explanation, what is?

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  • Moderator James Huff


    URL please… has a comment, but it doesn’t show up in the comment feed. the latest one that shows up there is for

    I will note that the comments feed has now seemed to have caught up to date… But there was a period of at least four hours when it didn’t show that comment.

    Moderator James Huff


    Let us know immediately when you see problems again.

    Will do. As an aside, is there any sort of caching, or problem with headers, that Apache is doing that could be causing this? That’s what the guys on IRC mentioned.

    Moderator James Huff


    Could be, but it would be server-specific since this hasn’t been discussed here before.

    That is a point… It’s just a stock debian apache install, so probably not.

    Just wanted to mention that I am seeing the delay right now.

    Look on the right column and compare “Recent Commenters” vs. “Recently Commented Posts”

    Just to follow up: I found the global cache time string, decreased it and voila! saw the update.

    I am experiencing this problem, too. I think it may have to do with Firefox’s browser cache or something, if I clear the cache, the RSS feed updates. Why would the comments RSS act any differently than the regular posts RSS?

    I am seeing the same thing — comments feed not updating. Driving me nuts! the basic updates properly, but the does not …

    I tried changing from polite names back to ugly (cat=4 instead of category/something) and that worked for the universal feeds (all posts and all comments) but I cannot see how to have category feeds with that naming convention.

    More info: Using BLoglines as my aggregator (this also goes for Google, Yahoo): I find that changing the PERMALINKS format from Date & Name to any other forces the aggregators to get it right — that is, this makes an update work. But it isn’t the fix — not even close! Once you have snagged the new material, further changes are not updated … UNTIL you go an change the Permalinks settings again. Then it works … ONCE. In other words, changing has an effect but the problem is exactly the same whetehr you are using the Default, Numeric or Date & Name.

    I’m think the problem must be with the aggregator, not WordPress(???) but why would they ALL mess up in the same way? Also, this doe not correct after so many hours.

    Perhaps WP only generates the feed XML once — when you change the permalink setting?

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