Changing dates30 Aug 2006
Being the tinkerer that I am, rather than use one of the available del.icio.us plugins for Wordpress, I decided to write my own; the result of which you can see over in the sidebar - unless of course you are reading this via one of the feeds.
The principle of it works very nicely, however there appears to be an issue with it; on occasion it gets the 5 most recent entries wrong - not randomly wrong, but consistently the wrong 5 entries are shown.
Having spent some time looking at this, I have found the problem - MagpieRSS uses the
<dc:date> field of the feed to determine the order of the items. For a selection of the items in the feed, the correct values are:
GStreamer : 2006-08-29T08:22:15Z MVC : 2006-05-16T20:16:00Z Cheat : 2006-05-07T11:48:41Z Dojo : 2006-05-24T13:21:15Z Styles : 2006-04-22T10:25:02Z
and the rss feed agrees - most of the time. However, it ocassionally gets the date field wrong, as you can see for the same selection of items taken from a feed fetched seconds after the previous one:
Styles : 2006-08-29T14:00:00Z MVC : 2006-08-29T14:00:00Z Cheat : 2006-08-29T14:00:00Z Dojo : 2006-08-29T14:00:00Z GStreamer : 2006-08-29T11:13:20Z
Its clear that there is a problem with the del.icio.us feed. I have emailed their support reporting the issue - hopefully it’ll get resolved soon.
For now, enjoy the (pseudo-random) del.icio.us links.
I was slightly skeptical of the potentially nebulous means of the reporting the issue to del.icio.us. via email to a generic support address. However, I can happily report that it took all of 30 minutes to get a reply. No fix yet, but will look at it soon - apparently today is pretty busy… I wonder what is about to emerge ;)