Visible subscriptions, revisited
So Dave called and reminded me that the subscriptions are available, for example here. Now, those aren't the same as what you see on my homepage. That's because I turned off the Pref that upstreams mySubscriptions.opml. But, as it turns out, it is enabled by default. Should it be? I'd say not. I'd say that most people would expect this not to happen unless they ask it to. Why is it done? To compute rankings.
At some point, I noticed the mySubscriptions Pref and turned it off. But it is a subtle thing, and you might expect that turning off the Participate in Weblogs.com Pref would have the same effect. It doesn't, though.
Former URL: http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2002/02/24.html#a88