So the debate on partial vs full RSS feeds has been going on for ages (and continues to go on, of course). IMHO it was a much more interesting debate before ads embedded in RSS feeds became a common reality – now partial feeds are just annoying :) I like that Lifehacker went the route of offering both – masochists certainly need that partial-feed option to help make their day.
Now, if you have ads on your blog and not in your RSS feed, and especially if you’re an individual trying to get that Adsense/etc revenue, then in that case I’m still annoyed by the partial RSS feed, but at least I can understand the decision.
That leads to blogs.msdn.com, which is operated by Microsoft, for use by (only) Microsoft bloggers, with content almost exclusively about Microsoft products. It’s been an amazing source for information and connecting with customers. It’s extremely valuable to Microsoft and its customers.
However, some of these blogs have partial RSS feeds. It’s enough of them that I’m guessing it is (or was) the default for new blogs, and it’s just (hopefully) inertia causing the current situation and not a deep-seated hatred of customers reading your blog through an RSS reader 🙂
Now, the main feed is fine, funny enough – http://blogs.msdn.com/MainFeed.aspx does full posts, thankfully 🙂
Some offenders (just looking at the feeds in my reader) are below. Now, admittedly these ~half-dozen are still the vast minority (I’d guess I have around 60 total feeds I have off the site, so we’ll call it ~10%), but given the target of the blogs (as an entire site and individually), I just don’t see why as a feature it’s not turned off for the entire site, or least some daily/weekly job turning it off for all blogs hosted on the site 🙂
http://blogs.technet.com/markrussinovich/ (ok, technically on technet, but it’s the same kind of thing, same company, same support group, etc)
http://blogs.msdn.com/michael_oldenburg/ (“The OneNote Blog”)
http://blogs.msdn.com/stephaniesaad/ (member of TFS mgmt)
http://blogs.msdn.com/team_foundation/ (TFS team blog)
Yeah, the screen shots above make it obnoxious, I’ll admit – what do you want me to do, switch over to partial RSS feeds? 🙂