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  • This is a bit of an odd question–I noticed today in creating a new page for my podcast site that when I wrote the numeral “8” (I was listing episodes of my show) it displays as a smiley face–only that number. It’s not a huge deal, but I would like to figure out how to stop it at some point. The link is:

    The Reviewer

    P.S. When I was validating my feed with another validator, I noticed one thing I have to correct–but I can’t seem to remember how to physically get into my feed to correct it. Which document do I open (I assume you would use Notepad) to actually fix the feed manually? Thanks…


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  • Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    8 followed by a right parenth, like so: 8)

    Is a smiley. Specifically, it’s the smiley with sunglasses on. Turn off smilies if you don’t want this. Options->Writing->Convert emoticons…

    And the feed is generated by the wp-rss2.php file (or one of the others for other types of feeds). To change something in the feed, you edit that file or use a plugin to modify it.

    On the first issue–thanks, and it’s fixed. Should have realized that was an emoticon. On the second: the problem is that my feed is category oriented, because I only wanted the feed to list items in my “Shows” category–thus, my feed actually is:

    And I can’t seem to figure out how to edit that feed–the wp-feed.php by itself doesn’t seem to have anything in it. I don’t know where to find that particular feed document…

    Any ideas?


    You don’t really edit the feed so much as you fix/update plugins or fix content errors. The only thing I see off hand that is a “core” issue is:

    wfw:commentRSS should be wfw:commentRss

    which is, I believe, fixed in the next release of WP.

    The rest are likely content or things done to content by plugins.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    The feeds are not actual documents anywhere. They’re generated on the fly, much like the rest of the blog is.

    I see. So if (for instance) I get a non-validating feed which has an extra ? where it shouldn’t be, I somehow need to track down where the plugin/content that’s putting the extra ? in, then…


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