Question feeds are HUGELY useful, making it possible to organize and track questions of interest. However, the RSS icon and feed link are pretty buried in the UI.
Personally, I can count on one hand the number of times I've gone past the first question or two of the related questions list, much less down to the bottom of it where the feed link is.
Can the Icon / link be moved to a more visible location on the question page?
My thought would be to move it to one of two places:
- Between the Star and Facebook icons (remove the question feed text link in this case)
- The top of the right side-bar, above the tag breakout
I think this would help to make this feature more frequently used.
Jeff, in response to your answer. I admittedly have not taken much stock in the question feeds and have not even looked at them much until today. I've been looking for a better way to keep track of questions, mainly for finding the duplicates more easily when I know something has already been asked. I found that today with the RSS feeds. Pop those into your favorite reader and you instantly have an method for organizing the questions you want to keep track of without requiring further UI changes.
Of course, the argument could be made (and has even been made today) that if there is such a deficiency then a UI feature could be warranted but the same can also be said for searching. Google is the SE search engine (yeah, even after the relatively recent search improvements), let Google Reader and browser bookmarks be the Question Filing System.
I'd at least request that you keep this in mind when thinking of the RSS feeds and, even if they don't get much more love from the dev team, at least don't discontinue support for them.