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Is it possible to get an RSS Feed for search queries? Sometimes the tags are not enough. For some topics the tags are not sufficient or you need to follow multiple tags and Search just simplifies this gap however the search results don't have an RSS feed or at least I can't seem to find. Any ideas?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Searches are too performance intensive to be RSS feeds.

If you can't express your search as a set of tags (we support and/or in tags, see the blog), which does have an RSS feed, I humbly submit you aren't trying hard enough. :)

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Ok I quite like the look of this. Is there a way to look for "Visual-Studio" And ("Plugin" Or "Addin" Or "Extensibility") –  Rory Becker Aug 24 '09 at 20:51
    
ok looks like the best way to do this is "addin visual-studio OR plugin visual-studio OR DXCore visual-studio OR visual-studio-addins" –  Rory Becker Aug 24 '09 at 21:04
    
Thanks for the pointer Jeff. I would up vote but I'm a little light on this site :( –  Rory Becker Aug 24 '09 at 21:05
    
Seems I can't accept either.. Strange given that I asked the question and although declined.. your answer is still the best. –  Rory Becker Aug 24 '09 at 21:06
    
what? you didn't ask this question, Cem Catikkas did. He has to accept. –  Jeff Atwood Aug 24 '09 at 21:13
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Doh! You're totally right :) Forgot that I'd linked to it from my question, which was a duplicate :) Note to self: Get more sleep :) –  Rory Becker Aug 25 '09 at 8:48
    
Tags don't exist for everything, nor should they. One example I have right now is "PDB". There is currently no PDB tag, but I'm interested in questions that contain PDB. I don't have the rep to create the tag, but even if I did, I don't think every single esoteric topic that deserves a "saved search" deserves a tag. I do want RSS feeds for all of my saved searches. –  Michael Maddox Sep 12 '09 at 11:05
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Time to beat a dead horse. I provide a free JavaScript library and have found that some people prefer to post their questions/problems here instead of contacting me directly. I would like to be able to keep up with questions about my library using an RSS search to find new posts containing the library name. There is no tag for my library name so I can't subscribe that way. It seems a search RSS is the best solution here! –  Andrew M. Andrews III Mar 14 '11 at 13:34
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Could this be reconsidered now that searches have been vastly improved? –  Mauricio Scheffer Mar 22 '11 at 21:55
    
Plus one for revisiting this, how about it @JeffAtwood? –  Mild Fuzz Mar 6 at 10:42

I have to agree with Cem. It would be really handy to have RSS feeds for searches, even if the feeds were based on "cached" results. In my case, I'd like to be able to find all questions on SO that have specific keywords so I can provide targeted help, and in many cases people don't (or forget to) add the keywords as tags.

I know it would be difficult to figure-out an effective caching strategy for searches (since any collection of terms would in theory generate another set of cachable results), but I'm sure the geniuses at SO can figure it out, right? :)

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Of course you can : use a service like feed43.com and create the RSS feeds you need by yourself for any website.

For example, I've created an RSS feed for all new python accepted answers :

http://www.feed43.com/python_new_accepted_answers.xml

It corresponds to this search :

http://stackoverflow.com/search?tab=newest&q=[python]%20hasaccepted%3a1

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Please share your Global Search Pattern and Item (repeatable) Search Pattern –  Full Decent Jan 23 at 15:53
    
I second this. Or put your idea/answer into a separate thread and link here? –  BmyGuest Aug 14 at 16:12

I am following up on the comment of Jérôme Radix in this thread. Unfortunately, his comment has a now invalid link and doesn't show how to set up this custom RSS feed, so I'm showcasing it here.

  1. Perform the search you want to use enter image description here

  2. Copy the search-URL from your browser

    enter image description here

  3. Go to the site Feed43

  4. And use the link 'Create your own feed'
    enter image description here

  5. Read and accept the conditions for use.

  6. Enter the search-URL as a starting point. Press Reload and (hopefully) get the source of your search page.

    enter image description here

  7. Now comes the 'tricky' part: Find the templates which give you the text snippets you want. For me, I used

    <div class="search-results">{%}</table>

    as global search pattern and

    <div class="summary">{%}<a href="{%}" title="{%}">{%}</a>{%}<div class="excerpt">{%}

    as Item (repeatable) search pattern. Pressing extract then gives me the following results:

    enter image description here As you can see, for each item, the extracted snippets {%2} and {%4} are useful, the others are the 'junk' in between.

  8. In the last step, I use these two snippets to define me the Title and the link in my RSS feed. (I keep the feed title, link and description as the defaults are reasonable.) enter image description here

    Using the preview shows me my custom RSS feed and the final RSS feed URL: enter image description here

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