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  • Salutations!

    I operated a podcast using the Libsyn plugin. In short, it pulls the content from the body of my post and uses that as the episode description on their end. This has worked pretty flawlessly until I began using reusable blocks. When you look at the RSS feed that is being generated, what was once the full text (which had been copied and pasted from previous posts) is now markup like <!-- wp:block {"ref":724} /-->. Since no software other than WordPress/Gutenberg knows how to parse this information, my episodes now only display the title and a single-line episode description that is not contained in the reusable blocks.

    So, is there a setting or plug-in that forces these blocks to output as their full text in RSS, or do I need to go back to copy-pasting the content? I’m also open to any other suggestions.

    Thank you all in advance for your wisdom.

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • Oh i can see how this is an issue. It’s been a while until you posted this. And you are right, only WordPress would know how to parse this. We might need to file an issue with the developers to fix this.
    As a workaround, you can still use the reusable block, but once you added it to the post, use the 3 dot menu from the Block Toolbar and select: “Convert to regular block”. That cuts the ties to the reusable block. It also doesn’t change anymore if you update your reusable block, though.

    I just tested this on a clean install of WordPress and the built-in RSS feed and the reusable block was rendered without any problems in this section of the RSS feed for the posts where I used it.

    <p>The crew of the USCSS Montero deal with mounting issues aboard the USCSS
     Cronus. This episode is part of the Chariot of the Gods saga, 
    and contains spoilers for the Alien RPG Starter Kit published</p>
    <p>outside reusable block</p>

    This might be an issue to discuss with the author of the Libsyn plugin.

    On discussing the issue with Libsyn, I’ve actually reached out to them, and they said that it doesn’t parse the WP shortcode when it comes to them, so the referenced materials just get omitted.

    On “convert to regular block”, thank you for pointing that out. That might just be the easiest solution at this juncture.

    Thanks for replying!

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