Something I've wanted since the day the "Responses" tab was added: An RSS feed for replies to my questions/answers..

There's feeds for about everything else, but not this.. The obvious problem is authentication with OpenID, since you need to be logged into access the feed.

One possible solution to this is, protect the feed URL with a unique token. This is how many private torrent trackers resolve authenticated feeds. Basically the RSS feed address would be something like http://example.com/users/recent/0/recent.rss?token=94ff6f5039d60ea569182dcd3e64df7c and the user would have a "regenerate token" button should they wish to invalidate the old feed address.

(the email responses option isn't what I'm looking for, and routing the emails through an email->RSS system seems kind of.. backwards)

  • so is there solution for that or I missed it? – Radek Apr 12 '10 at 23:28
  • @Radek No. Nothing yet.. – dbr Apr 13 '10 at 13:19
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    it would be great if @Jeff Atwood could make some comments on that. I'm sure he can make hundreds of people happy :-) – Radek Apr 15 '10 at 1:16
  • flickr also uses the token approach although they call theirs "secret" – Gordon Wrigley Apr 22 '10 at 7:26
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    This is sorely needed. It's been intentionally left out. – Matt Joiner Dec 31 '10 at 12:04
  • +1 for the feature request – user Apr 17 '11 at 4:09
  • Note Jeff's statement: we are moving away from RSS to more email and web-based solutions to some of these things these days -- like newsletter subscriptions and tag subscriptions. and see the nice Stack2RSS in that same post. – Arjan Dec 15 '11 at 19:57

The activity tab on your profile/activity ( http://meta.stackoverflow.com/users/<number>/) has a RSS Feed.

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    I don't think this is the same thing dbr asked for. It seems the feed on this tab is the same that's on the user's main profile page, which is a "feed of the 30 latest questions, answers, and comments from this user". What they're asking is for a "RSS feed for replies to my questions/answers". – Derek Morrison Mar 27 '12 at 14:22

I agree with this, it would help me keep up with responses to my questions. Plenty of other sites use the token method without any problems.

I'd especially like to see this implemented in tandem with this suggestion, so I'd know when someone has responded to a comment I left somewhere.


Why not just having an opt-in preference to allow all my "Recent Activity" be public and set a regular RSS feed on it?

I would sure use it, while there is no instant e-mail notification. Though I've been using Newt for a while.

  • Go here: stackoverflow.com/feeds/user{userID} – random Feb 18 '10 at 1:51
  • @random you again! :P c'mon, this is not "recent activity". By the way, I just noticed meta doesn't have a feed even for that! o_O – cregox Feb 18 '10 at 2:06
  • Are you saying this: meta.stackoverflow.com/feeds/user/143411 doesn't show your recent activity? Otherwise, complete your sentence. – random Feb 18 '10 at 2:16
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    That's the second half of what I meant, but it wasn't showing! Now your link does. Maybe I miss-spelled something. My bad. o_O It's still not the "Recent Activity" (meta.stackoverflow.com/users/recent/143411) I meant. That's just my activity. – cregox Feb 18 '10 at 2:24
  • Okay, you're talking recent responses directed at you. That's different. – random Feb 18 '10 at 2:33
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    Not just responses. It's on the question title and that "/users/recent/" link: "Recent Activity" - But yeah. :) – cregox Feb 18 '10 at 2:36
  • Naming is bad, but the envelope is information directed at you only and only you really get to see that. – random Feb 18 '10 at 2:42
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    And what I'm saying is that I don't care if it's public, specially if it means better functionality for myself. – cregox Feb 18 '10 at 2:49

I created a feedfier for the user's recent activity page (the envelope button): http://code.google.com/p/authfeed/

  • not working anymore ;-( I talked to the author of the code – Radek Apr 15 '10 at 4:40

Nowadays there is a per-site feed, the "user feed", linked in the bottom right corner of the "info" tab, sub-tab "stats". One could follow just anyone, and the icon and link are always shown to everybody. So: no authentication required at all.

(Likewise for your responses, or anyone's responses for that matter, even though for responses the icon and link are shown on your own profile only.)

  • Does this means my suggestion was "accepted" without the opt-in part? :P – cregox Jun 14 '11 at 12:22
  • (@Cawas, did you see this?) – Arjan Dec 15 '11 at 19:58
  • I have seen stack2rss and similar amazing stuff from George (who's Nathan?), but not that official post. But I must say Newt has been much nicer to me than RSS could ever be. And I'm really glad to read the email hater man himself prioritize it over the sacred RSS. Still hoping for a brither future on mail notifications! And thanks for the heads up!! :) – cregox Dec 16 '11 at 1:11

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