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  • I was browsing FeedBurner’s site and came across their instructions to set my blog’s feeds a certain way. Specifically, it recommended I go to Options > Reading > Syndication Feeds section.

    It then suggested I select “Full Text” to ensure that my feeds make into their RSS feeds. Currently, it’s set to “Summary” and always has been.

    My question is: is what they’re suggesting benefit only them? Should I always select full text, and does that have any negative affect on other readers?

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  • Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    Robert Scoble (Microsoft’s Tech Evangelist) references a few discussions on this:
    Nick Bradbury (FeedDemon creator) also has a view:

    If you have ads that you want people to click, then serving a partial feed may mean people click through to continue reading. But a partial feed also means some people will not read.
    I have also found that people offering partial feeds and who also have ads sometimes write the partial text in more of a teaser sort of way to try and make me click through. That gets old really fast – even with ad-blocker.

    Why don’t you offer what you prefer when reading other sites ?

    Thanks, podz.

    I never even knew about the full/partial debate until now. And all this time my blog had been configured to do partial. I have no advertising, so I suppose it makes sense to offer a full feed.

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