It was high time for our team to introduce a new set of features. Like half of the Web users visit this website so optimizing the experience is really important. The first feature we have added is the OR-based tag search. I think it is pretty self-explanatory what it does. It also works with the RSS feed if you craft the URL using '|' as the separator symbol for OR and '+' as the separator symbol for AND. For example subscribing for:
Yields a feed of all posts that are in English AND are about programming. Subscribing for:
Will produce a feed of all posts that are about music OR movies.
The second addition is the Web Slice for the latest comments. Web Slices are something like a visual RSS feed that is refreshed automatically. If you are using Internet Explorer 8 you can subscribe to it. Alternatively if you are using the minority browser Firefox you can use the WebChunks ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8494 ) addon to subscribe. Rumor has it that Opera 10 will support Web Slices out of the box. If you are using other minority browser I just do not know what you can do and how you are going to live without this invaluable feature. I guess you will have to keep refreshing the page manually every 15 minutes. Here is what the Web Slice looks like:
We also fixed a bug related to duplicate items in feeds in some readers like Google Reader. This particular fix was deployed some time ago so people who are subscribed via Google Reader should have had no duplicates for the last items.
As always you can download the source code and even get involved in the development on Codeplex - http://blognet.codeplex.com/