Photos from gallery posts not appearing in RSS feed

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  • #8733

    henrylflee
    Member
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    Hi!

    I was going through my RSS feed at feed://fotoeins.com/feed/ when I realized that the photos that are imbedded into each Gallery post in the Photography theme do not appear in the RSS feed. This is not to do with wordpress.com’s own “carousel” or “gallery” feature.

    For example, in my blog, “Hamburg, Germany in June” is a Gallery-format post, and “Lugging Long-Term on the RTW” is a Standard-format post.

    Many readers have expressed their interest in reading blogs only from their favorite RSS reader-software. They have also expressed their annoyance at having to click on the “Read more” link when they could have gone straight to the blog in the first place; some have mentioned they’ll stop following because of the “incomplete” nature of the RSS feed. :-(

    This issue appears similar to what was described in the following topic

    “RSS Feed Problems” (https://premium-themes.forums.wordpress.com/topic/rss-feed-problems), by simonjamesonweston on 5 March 2012.

    If this is the case, may I ask if there might be changes in store to allow displaying the photos from Gallery posts in the RSS feed. Thanks for your time!

    The blog I need help with is: fotoeins.com

    #8941

    scottrrollo
    Theme Author

    Hi there,

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We’re aware of this issue, and I believe we have a ticket created for this problem.

    Unfortunately, though, I don’t know when we’ll be releasing a fix for this issue.

    Thanks!

    #8945

    henrylflee
    Member
    Original poster

    Scott,

    I’m glad you’re all aware of this issue, and that there’s some hope for a fix or workaround in the near future.

    Thanks again for your reply!

    #8980

    dstrojny
    Theme Author

    Thanks again for letting us know Henry. Just so you know, I reviewed the ticket, and we currently don’t have plans to change this. But, I’ve re-opened it to take another look during our next round of updates.

    Has this been a consistent and loud complaint from readers? Or a few select complainers? I’m curious what you mean be “many”. It seems silly to stop following a blog over a couple of mouse clicks, but I may be underestimating the convenience of an RSS feed. Any insight you have here would be great.

    Just so you know, how we think about features like this: It’s not the default behavior to include these images in the RSS feed as they aren’t “in the content”, and it would take a bit of a hack to inject them into the RSS feed. I view it as a couple extra clicks for the reader, not a major inconvenience. With that being said, we’re always open to suggestions if lots of people are having a bad experience.

    #8988

    henrylflee
    Member
    Original poster

    Hi!

    I’ve had some private contact from a dozen or so, asking about what’s up with the Gallery posts in the RSS feed. Even with this number, I admit that the corresponding fraction of subscribers and the fraction of other readers (who aren’t subscribers) is less than 20% and 10%, respectively.

    My guess is if one is busy reading a lot of feeds with their RSS reader, is faced with an “incomplete” post with “missing” photos from the Gallery-style post, and is presented with a “Read more” link to click to the blog, they might feel some/a lot of irritation. :-/

    I’d tell them to go directly to my blog, but an even smaller few said that they would rather unsubscribe entirely. I think this is unreasonable, but there’s nothing that can change their minds. I can understand the utility and convenience of funneling a whole bunch of blogs through their RSS reader – the few who stated they’d rather unsubscribe must be reading a *lot* of feeds.

    Thanks for taking the time to reply!

    #8991

    scottrrollo
    Theme Author

    Hi Henry,

    Thanks for the detailed reply and feedback :)

    As Drew mentioned, we’ll review this issue during our next round of theme updates.

    I’ll close this topic now; if you have any further questions, please open a new topic and let us know.

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