Monday, April 11, 2005

Dunno if this is a good or bad thing

Because Wesley Clark is (or ?was?) the CEO of a company making electric vehicles, I am a supporter of his. He has a nice vision for a clean environment, and by having that CEO job it shows he's willing to put his body and life to service to the vision, rather than have it merely be something he's saying.

In any case, I've been getting email's from his staff as his political career has evolved. The last is the formation of "WesPAC" and a couple web sites each containing "blogs".

e.g.

http://www.securingamerica.com/ - seems to be the WesPAC home page, and is listing a mission of securing America's defenses, etc.

http://www.forclark.com/ - is a community website of sorts meant for Clark supporters.

Both have a blog-oriented presentation on the web site. But both are lacking a very important feature of blogs - the RSS feed. See, with RSS one can use "news aggregation" software to pull in feeds from a zillion sources and quickly sift through them. The news feed system also provides some pull, so that when someone subscribes to a news feed, the news feed tends to pull them back whenever you post new content. As a user I want to see a news feed from Clark's site so that I can be notified, by my aggregation software, when something happens, and that I don't have to remember to visit the site to find the latest scoop.

But, the sites don't have any RSS feeds on them. And, so, I went to the feedback form to tell them this. And the feedback form gave me an error saying it didn't recognize my email address.

Like I said, that's not a good sign when they can't get a couple simple things to work right. I'm left to posting this publicly in the hopes that they can fix it, because their regular contact avenues are closed to me.

(BTW, I'm using the term "RSS" in a generic term. There are multiple file formats like ATOM, etc, but the term RSS also refers in general form to the syndication process.)