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RSS Feeds – they keep disappearing !

We all love RSS feeds, especially now that Outlook 2007 and Internet Explorer have the “aggregator” functionality built-in.  I use Outlook 2007 mainly, and it’s great to be able to see new feeds, as if there was a new email (InBox).  

BUT – for some reason, the feed “accounts” are randomly (it seems) dropped off the list, and no longer refresh.  It’s not until you say to yourself “hhmm, haven’t seen a post from [some person] for a while” – and so you visit their blog, and find that you’ve missed a month of prattle & conversation !

A brute-force approach work-around is to extract the feed list (OPML) from time-to-time, and re-import, as suggested by CodeJedi.NET.   Sure, this will work, but seems like a less-than-optimal resolution.

I think I’ve come across a solution, but still trying it out for sure.

As mentioned above, you can view feeds within Outlook AND Internet Explorer.  There is a “common feed list” that will keep the list of feeds synchronised between both.  But – the implementation of the “Common Feed List” is somewhat problematic in my experience.

I’m finding that adding an RSS feed to Outlook-2007 will NOT add it to Internet Explorer, and probably not adding it to the mystical “common feed list”.

And so, the feed is being dropped, as it’s NOT been added to Internet Explorer – who is “the boss” of the Common Feed List.

If you don’t use Internet Explorer for reading posts (feeds/RSS), the simple answer is to turn off the common feed list in Outlook 2007 :

  • Within Outlook 2007, select Tools, then Options.
  • Change to the Other tab (last one)
  • Click the button titled Advanced Options
  • And then un-check the checkbox as shown below :

Let me know if that solves the problem for you.  I haven’t had any phantom feeds lately – I think that’s the solution !

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2 Responses

  1. I have the same issue as you – losing my RSS feeds, but I just looked and this option is already unchecked… so it seems this isnt the cause in my case at least. :/ Sad…

  2. Yep, same as Dustin H here. Just had my first major disappearance of RSS feeds, but the option is already unchecked.

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