This post is correlated to my original question on StackOverflow Meta and a subsequent question there on RSS functionality.

From the answers there I've learned that a feature for RSS of (fulltext) searches was turned down because of performance issues.

I understand this. However, a similar feature I would propose would be the following:

  • In user-profiles any user can define favourite custom-searches
  • These favourite "search-strings" can be quickly accessed when online for convenience
  • More importantly: The user can specify that he wants to automatically receive a daily/weekly digest email of new entries appearing with this search since the last digest period.

This would be much less performance consuming than an RSS feed for any search a user has ever entered! The amount of performance cost can additionally be geared by allowing each user only a limited amount of such daily-digest searches.

I think such a feature would be absolutely great, as it allows people to 'silently' listen to exactly their needs.

  • This would be by default off and toggleable in the settings?
    – Gram
    Aug 16, 2014 at 19:14
  • Yes, sounds reasonable. Although you don't need to turn something "off" which hasn't been created in a first place. i.e. the user has to actively create the search in his profile. If he doesn't, there is no RSS/digest mail anyway.
    – BmyGuest
    Aug 23, 2014 at 7:53
  • Following up a suggestion by Jérôme Radix I have added a step-by-step solution using an external RSS feed compile side. See my answer in RSS Feed for Searches?
    – BmyGuest
    Aug 23, 2014 at 7:56


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