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Include author name in RSS feeds


Scott VZ

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I use an RSS feed from the chat boards to show forum/blog content on other websites.

The RSS feed currently only provides Post Title, URL, Post Content, and Post Date.

It would be nice if author display name was included too, so that people could quickly identify who posted each item.

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While the RSS specification does support an <author> element, it must be the author's email address which is not data that should be publicly exposed in the case of an RSS feed of user-generated content.

https://validator.w3.org/feed/docs/rss2.html

The only way to do this would be to define a custom namespace for the author name which no RSS reader would really know to look for, so it would be relatively pointless except in very specialized cases (where a custom plugin would make more sense).

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