For my network, the RsS for leaderboards don't work when the network is not fully public (i.e. if people can just see the main page without logging in).
The rest of the RSS work well (discusssion, events etc).
Is this a bug, or a feature? Is there any way to keep the leaderboard rss working with a non public network?
Any pointers would be much appreciated
Hey, Mom! That is correct. All RSS feeds are public. If you could take an RSS feed of a private network's content and display it somewhere else publicly on the Internet, you might be breaking the expectation of privacy that your members have by publishing that private content publicly. At least, that's one take on it.
But, basically, you can't create an RSS feed of private content.
I am not sure if that is consistent though. I need to check again, but I am pretty sure that the other rSS (discussions, blogs etc) work fine for a network that has only main page visible. So why not leaderboards?
Also, for the networks that have the main page visible, there is no expectation of privacy as the latest discussions etc are for everyone to see in any case.
May be i am missing something.. but a leaderboard RSS would be useful for nesletters even for network that are not fully public.
But Eric, don't you think that we, as NCs of our own networks, have enough common sense to know which content we shouldn't broadcast to the world, and which we could??
Your logic is flawed and it's because you're making the assumption that all private/main page only networks have sensitive content inside. That isn't true. Our content isn't sensitive, but it's content that i want members to JOIN to be able to read. Huge difference there.
These leaderboard RSS feeds would help me draw in new members from people visiting the main page. (It would also show my competitors that my site is kicking their asses. LOL Sorry, but that's a consideration for me, as well. These leaderboards show ACTIVITY and tease content.)
I want this ability!
It's not my logic. It's the technology. Please let me know how private RSS feeds can be integrated into a public page based on the technology itself so that visitors (non-members) can view this content without authenticating themselves to see the content. I will gladly pass that on to our engineers.
its not about the technology - technology works as per the logic fed in.
If the discussions RSS is available for main page only networks, why not for Leaderboard?
Ah... the eeerie silence from Ning.
this cannot be that hard to answer though - if the RSS can be opened up for discussions/events/activity feed etc, why not the leader-boards. I cannot believe there is a specific technical hurdle in doing that!! I am talking about networks where non-members can just see the front page.
AM I the only one who thinks this is pretty basic issue that has nothing to do with user privacy?
No eerie silence. I chose not to respond, Mom, because you seem to want to continue to argue about how RSS works. You actually didn't answer my question: How can private RSS feeds can be integrated into a public page so that visitors (non-members) can view this content without authenticating themselves to see the content?
Then I guess it's me who doesn't understand how RSS feeds work. I didn't realize it wasn't technologically possible. I don't know beans about computer engineering, and I often state that in my posts. My bad for asking for the impossible...yet again. LOL
As I said, this CANNOT be a technology issue. IF this is possible for activity feed RSS, it is possible for leaderboard RSS. So, your understanding of RSS is good enogh!
This is purely an arbitrary decision on part of Ning to allow RSS feed for semi-public network for one kind of feed (activity feed), but not for another (leaderboard).
It beats any logic, but then I might as well be banging my head on a rock! :-(
Any comment Ning??
Just don't want this topic to die without hearing a final verdict - is this a bug that would be corrected, or a misplaced sense of privacy protection that does not make any sense?
RSS feeds cannot be authenticated.
So, if you are willing to have RSS feeds on your site, you should switch your site to public. Because that is, in effect, what you would be doing if you have RSS feeds.
I'm assuming Ning made an exception on semi-private sites to let the latest activity feed through because visitors can see that page without authentication.
Right - but Ning did not make an exception on activity feed. All feeds other than Leaderboard are available for semi-private sites (including discussions, events, blogs etc).
So, the privacy argument is already out of window. So, the exception seems to be on the leaderboard RSS... I don't see the logic. It has to be either privacy (in which case nothing should be visible), or ease of sharing (in which case all RSS should be visible).
The middle way is not serving any purpose.