In the previous post I mentioned the new “Dinosaurs” report, which locates inactive feeds. Related to this is another new feature in FeedDemon 1.6 RC1 which I’ve needed for a long time: an “automatic unsubscribe” setting for each feed. This setting – which is available on the “Advanced” tab of each feed’s properties (
Edit|Feed Properties) – enables automatically removing a feed if it hasn’t had any new posts within a specific number of days.
Why would you want to use this feature? Well, in my case I frequently subscribe to feeds which are only active for a few days (comment feeds, for example). Because I use a “River of News” approach to feed reading (or “feed scanning,” as Adam Stiles calls it), I’ll often forget to remove these short-lived feeds since they no longer show any unread items in my FeedDemon newspaper. So now rather than remove them, I can just tell FeedDemon to automatically unsubscribe once they’re inactive for a week or two.
PS: If you also like the “river of news” approach to feed reading, try the new “Prince” newspaper style. I originally designed it for offline reading, but I’ve found it works just as well for scanning feeds while still connected.