What's This XML/RSS Thing?
It means that HeroicStories is now available by RSS feed.
But just what does that mean?
Put simply, RSS, for "Rich Site Summary", or "Really Simple Syndication", is a new way for publishers to deliver their content.
Why? In a word: spam. From a publisher's perspective, over-agressive attempts to prevent spam are more and more frequently blocking legitimate mail as well. Newsletters, such as HeroicStories, are particularly vulnerable to getting improperly blocked because they are mailed in bulk. RSS bypasses email completely, and ensures that you get the publication you asked for.
Here's how RSS works: RSS feeds are coded in XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and are thus not readable by ordinary web browsers or email programs; you "subscribe" using special reader called an aggregator. Aggregators allow you to subscribe to the feeds that interest you without having to give any information, such as your email address, to the publisher. How you subscribe will depend on the aggregator you're using, but it can be as simple as clicking (or right-clicking) on the box you see on this and many, many other sites. Once you've subscribed, your aggregator periodically checks the RSS feed for updates and, if there are any, downloads and displays them for you.
There are many news aggregators available, and more on the way as RSS becomes more popular.
For more information on RSS, including a list of currently available aggregators (we're told reviews are coming soon) visit Lockergnome's RSS Resource page. It also inludes tutorials and links as well as in-depth information about RSS.
We're not stopping our email feed, so if this looks just too daunting to you at this point, you can still subscribe by email right here: