Well, already it looks like splitting Planet Larry up into on-topic and off-topic feeds might be a good idea. Bah. I had really hoped I wouldn’t have to do all that extra work, but I think it would be very nice. Does anyone else feel the same way?
The one big problem I have with that though is how to split RSS feeds into categories when their blogging software doesn’t support them (I’m talking to you, LiveJournal). There’s only a few solutions I can think of, none of which are partciularly to my liking.
One is to have the users put “Gentoo:” or something similar in the title tag, then I would write a new backend (to either replace planet or regurgitate your feed) to grep those out that don’t match the topic. Another idea is to pull the feed myself and recreate it, and then give the users a very simple frontend to tick which ones they want pulled to the planet. I was hoping Feedburner would provide something like that, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Bummer.
Another option is this — get a free WordPress blog and put my mind to rest once and for all. I love WordPress. It works fantastic. I don’t want to force anyone to use something they’re not familiar or happy with though, just for the sake of being pulled into here (did I mention it would make my life easier, though?). It’s up to you, the users, really which software you wanna use, and I can take it from there. It’s just gonna take a little coding on my part. No biggie.