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What is RSS

What is RSS?

Briefly, it is a quick and easy way to keep updated about what is going on at websites you are interested in. It is used by over a million websites.

RSS (it stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’ but that probably doesn’t tell you much) has been around a long time, with roots that pre-date the internet.

RSS uses a defined set of labels to define how news is formatted. Almost any kind of website can produce this, and many do so automatically — even if the owner doesn’t know it. Because the information is presented in a defined format, lots of easy-to-build apps are available to present it to you. It also makes it easy to present the information on a website, as Human Rights And Wrongs is doing. We’ll describe our ‘RSS feeds’ in a moment.

Whenever you use our RSS feeds publicly (where anyone but yourself would be reading them), you should provide proper attribution to the creator of the information. That is normally done by a link to the original article, without any appearance of making it seem as though someone else’s work is yours. Our hosts, Men Webs, provide advice and even technical support in integrating RSS feeds into your website. We cannot help directly with individual users. RSS feeds should always be cached. None of the ones we operate should be queried more than once an hour, we recommend once every two to four hours for the global feed.

Getting an RSS feed

How you get an RSS feed onto your app depends on the software. Yes, we know, that’s not helpful. Most web browsers can have an add-on, or plug-in, that will format RSS feeds for you to see. There are also separate apps available to do to. This is just like email, where most systems can be accessed on a browser or by using an app. Things that read and display RSS feeds are called ‘RSS readers’ — you see where the simple bit comes in. You can even find sites online that will act as an RSS reader for you.

Most of these, of any type, will store your list of favourite RSS feeds, something like storing your bookmarks. But an RSS reader is far more useful because it doesn’t only store a link to a feed but it goes and gets whatever the feed has for you, updating your own store of information. So whenever you look at our RSS reader, just like looking at your email, it will have new things for you. But this is stuff you have said you want, so not much of it will be junk and none should be spam (unless you like spam: you can get RSS feeds of nothing but spam. Strange world, eh?).

Just like a web bookmark, there are two main pieces of information about an RSS feed: the link to it, and what you call it (or what it calls itself, if you can’t change it). You can just click on the link to see it on your browser but what it shows will be hard to read without it being formatted properly, and any images will only have a link, not be displayed.

RSS feeds and news syndication

Human Rights And Wrongs offer many different RSS feeds. We’ll start small.

Almost every article has a comments feed for the page. For this site, it may not be very exciting but you might want to know about it because lots of sites have it and sometimes the comments are more important than the article that started them.
This feed is titled “Human Rights And Wrongs » Article Name Here Comments Feed

There is another feed for all the comments made on the site, regardless of where they appear.
This feed is titled “Human Rights And Wrongs » Comments Feed

Our own main feed keeps you updated on every new article, posted within two hours of the time it is published online. This is the one to keep up-to-date with the latest on Human Rights And Wrongs.
The main feed for this site is called “Human Rights And Wrongs » Feed

By far the largest feed we know of in the area of human rights is hosted by Men Webs and is displayed on Human Rights And Wrongs (titles and links only). Consisting of over 100 active feeds all piled together (including our own main feed) we consider this an immense help for anyone serious about human rights around the world. Several languages are represented but there’s probably enough just in your own language.
The World Latest on human rights RSS feed can be accessed from us under the name of “Human Rights And Wrongs » World Report

RSS Button

In addition to these, your RSS software might be bale to search on some of our pages to find special feeds specific to the content, or look for the RSS sign, often on an orange button.

RSS readers

You can read the latest news from this website using your RSS reader (also sometimes called a news reader). As we said earlier, there are three types.

A specific app will be available from your usual app store, or downloaded from the internet. Just search for RSS.

An addon or plugin to your browser can be obtained through your browser’s men (probably under settings or tools). We like Feedbro but we neither endorse nor commend it for any purpose, etc..

If you search the internet for ‘online RSS reader’ you can find services that allow you to register your desired RSS feeds and they will display them (along with adverts, unless you pay). The services tend to be less flexible than a browser addition or an app but they are available everywhere you to that has an internet connection.

The latest articles from our global feed

Our page lists only the headlines and links from the Men Webs global feed. This sample of a full feed of human rights and human wrongs is generated by rss2full , developed by FeedOcean.com.

Link to our world-wide human rights feed here