I enjoy subscribing to the RSS feed of these forums but sometimes it gets a little irrelevant as a thread which I have no interest in gets responded to several times.
I have seen some other forums treat their Forum RSS feeds a bit differently and, I think, in a bit more user-friendly of a way. Instead of having the RSS capture every post that gets added the Forum, they have it only add the first message in each new topic. If I find the topic interesting, I can check it out. If not, I keep moving, but am not bothered with that topic popping up over and over again. And, if when I check it out there is no response, I can easily just sign up to be notified when new posts are added to that thread or check 'keep as unread' in my feed reader.
Just a suggestion. =)
Hi bparizek, thanks for your feedback! We'll certainly look into how we can better customize our forum RSS feeds. Active forums like http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/ post new topics in the way you describe above, so we'll look into whether this model would suit us, too.
Keep sending in the suggestions, they're very useful to us! :)
Sweet. I know the ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter forums do this too. Some of the forums don't have as much traffic as others but, all the better (!), the relevant topics are communicated whenever I get around to checking, and that's what RSS is good for, sitting, updating, and waiting ;-)