Okay, this shouldn’t be difficult, but it’s stumping me. We’d like to give our readers the ability to subscribe to RSS or Atom feeds of individual comment threads. Googling around yields a bunch of recipes for generating a single RSS feed of all comments to a given weblog, and a bunch more that purport to do what we want but which appear to have been designed for ancient versions of RSS, older versions of Movable Type, or different CMSes altogether. Nothing that’s both right and recent.
I realize only a small minority of our readers would find this functionality handy, but I’m one of them. Can anyone point us to a MT 3.33-compatible template that does this?
UPDATE: Thanks to Laura Lemay (man, does Making Light get the expert readers, or what?), our MT setup now automagically generates an XML file for each individual archive template. Thus, while the basic URL for the individual archive page for this post is:
http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/008617.html—we now also have:
http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/008617.xml—which you can enter into your RSS reader in order to subscribe to the comment thread on this post.
What I can’t divine, in my ignorance, is the code I need to add to my individual archive template that will cause each archive page to display a link to the corresponding XML file—in essence, Movable Type template code that says “make a link to this page, but drop the ‘.html and add ‘.xml’ instead.” I’m pretty sure this will turn out to have been totally obvious, but at the moment I’m stumped.
FURTHER UPDATE: That’s solved too now, thanks to Christopher Davis. Individual archive pages now all feature RSS links you can plug into your favorite desktop aggregator or browser-based feed reader. For me the main point is to be able to have pointers for comment threads, and better yet, pointers that aren’t tied to a single computer; thus, web-based feed reading is a win for me. Your mileage may vary.