Why doesn’t the City of Sioux Falls have an RSS News Feed? (H/T – Robert Mehling)

Robert from the SE Podcast pointed this out to me not long ago and sent me this email today;

Maybe this is a Nothing Burger but I’m setting up a news aggregator for statewide news for my site and collecting the RSS feeds of every news producing entity in SD I can think of.  Now it’s really hard to find a major city in the US that doesn’t offer a news RSS.  In South Dakota most of the larger cities do:

I wanted to get the RSS feed for Sioux Falls but there is no link to it so I emailed the city and got this reply.
“Robert, We do not have an RSS feed for news posts.”
So I thought, wow that’s really rare and weird.  So I did some digging on their website myself and it looks like they had an RSS feed.  They shut it off in 2016.
As I’m looking at this I’m listening to Parick Lalley and you on there saying the city implemented a secret gag order in 2016…  The timing of me starting my hunt for RSS feeds and you being on the radio couldn’t have been more perfect.  Just like the timing of the RSS feed being removed and the possible gag order.
So like I said, maybe it’s nothing.  Just thought you might be interested.
Robert Mehling
TheSiouxEmpire.com
It seems the mayor was bent on killing information leaks from the city hall two years ago.


5 comments ↓

#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.29.18 at 3:23 pm

News feed? What do you think this is, a democracy? Councilors are suppose to work for the City and not their constituents.

#2 The D@ily Spin on 03.29.18 at 8:46 pm

They don’t have a report because everything is hidden from the public. Public service has become a method for wealth. We’re not paying attention and our tax conrtribtion has become a way into wealth for those who bluffed everyone without making an impact.

#3 Matthew Paulson on 03.30.18 at 9:32 am

It’s not perfect, but there are several tools (such as Visual Ping) that will periodically check a webpage for you and tell you if it’s change and what’s changed.

#4 Mitch Bartlett on 03.30.18 at 2:10 pm

RSS mostly died with the death of Google Reader. It only serves as a way for other people to scrape content for nefarious purposes.

#5 i12doit on 03.31.18 at 5:54 am

Nothing like the City of Sioux Falls Administration(s) giving each other the, “Reach around.”

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