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RSS formats are fairly widely used, from news sites to blogs (all blogging platforms support, self-hosted or share-cropped), through ecommerce or classified sites such as Craisglist, though there have been shutdown in recent years.
RSS formats are fairly open (development/licensing processes/openness varies across variants) yet all encourage an open feed file ecosystem across the web which means that every application can produce or consume RSS feeds, without relying on terms of service, agreements or service-centric API.
See also: Atom IndieWeb Examples
Nearly every Flickr page has an RSS feed that provides some of the information on the page. E.g.
Problems Consuming RSS
There are many known problems consuming RSS feeds. See feed#Criticism for an extensive listing.
Use of the term "RSS" in conversation, whether online or in-person, has been ambiguously and interchangeably used to mean:
Causes Plumbing Misfocus
Discussion of RSS in the context of indieweb or openweb etc. typically causes everyone involved in such communication to shift their thinking / conversation to be plumbing-centric (since RSS is a format, not a user feature), instead of user-centric.
Solution: refocus the discussion on use-cases.
When someone asks "Why don't you support RSS?" or requests "Please use RSS":
Ask them, "What's the use case you're trying to solve?"
Then document the use-case, and how you're solving it with building blocks on your own website.
And keep the discussion focused on use-cases, rather than plumbing.
Feed File Criticisms
Main article: feed_file#Criticism
Instead of publishing/consuming RSS:
When using such alternatives, you should consider RSS or Atom's ubiquituous nature. Very few readers support Microformats at this point, compared to the thousands of self-hosted RSS feed readers.
Main article: feed#Shutdowns
This section specifically documents shutdowns or dropping of support for RSS feed files on sites, whether indieweb, corporate, and/or silos.
See the Wikipedia article on RSS for a more thorough history.
This section is a stub, please add to it to expand it to include notable events in the development of RSS.