Missing Posts in Bloglines
August 7, 2006 7:57 AM   Subscribe

Using Bloglines... Where did some of my saved articles go? For posts that I checked "Keep New" for some of the feeds the posts still show up while for other feeds they do not. However, the number saved still shows in gray parenthesis next to the feed name just as before. Is this a Bloglines issue or an issue with the originating site?
posted by unsigned to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It's Bloglines. You have to choose "Display as new" for updated items in the feed's subscription settings if you want to use the "Keep new" feature for that feed.
posted by stopgap at 8:07 AM on August 7, 2006

Bloglines has been having issues lately (see the August 4 post on their news page, couldn't find a permalink) and I've been seeing the same behavior you have. It eventually righted itself, and things are back to normal for me. The fix must still be making its way through the user database.
posted by headlessagnew at 8:10 AM on August 7, 2006

Response by poster: Hmm, it looks like it is set to that option. Also, to clairfy, I haven't had a problem with it until recently. The saved articles were always there previously.
posted by unsigned at 8:13 AM on August 7, 2006

Response by poster: Ah okay, them having issues sounds right since it never works 100% for very long. Didn't know if it was just me or not. Thanks.
posted by unsigned at 8:14 AM on August 7, 2006

Yeah, that happened to me as well, for about six months I believe. Then, one morning, all my saved posts came back, and it was a fun trip down short-term nostalgia lane!

As far as the "display as new" checkbox is concerned, stopgap has it wrong. That box determines whether, when a post is updated (say, to fix a typo or to add a paragraph), it will show up again in your inbox. No relation to posts you've saved at all.
posted by electric_counterpoint at 8:42 AM on August 7, 2006

It's a problem with Bloglines. It happens to me from time to time, and I've emailed them about it and they say that they can't fix it yet. Their solution is to unsubscribe and resubscribe to the feed. This gets the "ghost" articles to go away so that the gray number in parentheses isn't staring at you, but it also means that the articles you kept as new are gone. You can go back to the site itself and search for them, of course, but that doesn't do you any good if you don't remember what they are. This has been the bane of my existence for a while now. Last week I just lost 10 posts I had kept as new on an Indeed.com RSS feed for my job search.
posted by MsMolly at 8:49 AM on August 7, 2006

It seems that the OP's question has been answered, hopefully they won't mind a bit of a derail.

1) Is there a better web based reader than Bloglines?

2) I'm a new mac user, and it seems that Bloglines and Safari really don't get along. Is this a correct observation?
posted by willmize at 10:55 AM on August 7, 2006

Yup - same thing happened to me this past week in bloglines. I think they're working on it.

And to answer the next question, I haven't found a better reader than bloglines, web-based or not, and I read 300+ feeds regularly. Bloglines rocks, despite some minor issues of late.

If Safari barfs, try firefox.
posted by ivarley at 10:58 AM on August 7, 2006

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