I'm not sure if this is a request for a new plugin, or just an extension of the RSS capabilities native in Hotaru. If this should be posted somewhere else, I apologize.
I've been to lots of sites that have tons of RSS feeds, and they need them because they publish LOTS of content. I'd like for Hotaru to have a set of powerful, easy-to-use, cutting-edge features for publishing & managing RSS feeds. Here are some of my ideas:
- Generate RSS feeds for tags & categories - This would help encourage people to subscribe to your site but only for topics they're interested in. It'd probably be a bigger help for more general Hotaru sites, but even specialized sites could benefit. I know I'd subscribe to more sites like Mashable if they had this feature, but as it stands now, I just don't want to deal with 100+ items in my RSS reader each day from a given site.
- Custom "mashup" RSS Feed - This is just an extension of my first idea really. Some people may want to just pick a few terms to create a custom feed based on what they're interested in, instead of 10 different feeds for the tags they want to follow.
- Feed Stats, or preferable automatic FeedBurner integration - I'm a stats junkie, and would find it very helpful to know what specific topics/parts of my site(s) that people are subscribing to. Perhaps a basic back end stats display for your feeds, or better yet, automatic FeedBurner integration of all feeds created. FeedBurner is godly, and has an open API for developers. Here is the API's homepage: http://code.google.com/apis/feedburner/.
I'm sure I could come up with a dozen more ideas for how to make RSS feeds an integral, and fun part of a Hotaru site, but I'll stop here for now.
Anyone else have any interest or ideas about these features? Would any of this be possible?