He noticed that I had recently changed my RSS feed settings to serve up truncated posts, rather than full content. I made this change in mostly because I was tired of dealing with content theft. However, I’m reasonably sure this will probably not be an issue any longer. While the points made by those articles are certainly valid, I would point out that it is far easier to steal content from an RSS feed than it is to write a content scraper. Having written both, once upon a time, I can attest to this from experience. Truncated feeds may not be a deterrent to all – but it will deter those who are just using a WordPress plugin to suck down RSS content.
In any case, I left the RSS feed settings as they were – due to inertia and because I assumed no one would really notice. But, since I haven’t had to deal with stolen content in a little while and at least one person prefers un-truncated feeds… the long rambling RSS posts are back!
If you find my rambling babbling showing up in your RSS feed, well, you have Cryozap Cyrozap to thank. :)