User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/20040922 Firefox/0.10 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/20040922 Firefox/0.10 After FF 1.0PR came out I tried the new Live Bookmark functionality on some of my favorite websites. 2 of them were slashdot.org and games.slashdot.org. I left them on my Bookmark Toolbar. It worked okay until today when it told me I was banned from the RSS Feed server because Firefox kept asking for updates too frequently, slamming their servers. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Subscribe to slashdot.org's RSS feed 2. Use Firefox 1.0PR for a week or more 3. Get banned from RSS feed Actual Results: Got banned from RSS feed. Expected Results: Allow me to tell Firefox how frequently to check for updates.
Vlad added a hidden pref for this at 2004-10-02 17:17. I'm not marking it as fixed because the pref is hidden.
Summary: Allow change in Live Bookmark refresh rate → Allow change in Live Bookmark refresh rate/interval
adding a UI pref isn't necessarily the answer here. I could easily, very easily, see users crank it down to a fast refresh, not realizing the consequences. What is the actual slashdot limit? 30 minutes? one hour?
I'll probably add the "hidden" pref to the about:config list, and leave it at that. Note that the actual refresh rate is the max of: the cache expiry time that the server sends back, the user specified value, and 5 minutes (I think 5 minutes, can't remember atm). So someone cranking the value way down will probably go under the server's cache expiry time setting.
Gmail has just added an ATOM feed, allowing me to get a list of my new messages. Why is it relevant? Because I want the Gmail feed to refresh faster than, say, the slashdot feed. I want to check for new mail every 2 minutes, but for new headlines only after 10. So what I'm saying is, the refresh rate should not be a hidden pref, or a pref at all. It should be a property of any live bookmark ("Refresh this feed every [...] minutes".
(In reply to comment #4) > the slashdot feed. I want to check for new mail every 2 minutes, but for new > headlines only after 10. Yep, that's why it's a hidden pref. If the cache wasn't there with a max-age=1800 to stop you from actually updating more than every 30 minutes, you'd get yourself banned from Slashdot's feed within a few hours. Vlad: I just checked through my set of aggregators, and only one will go below 15 minutes, two won't go below 30 (most have a set of choices like 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 180). Your minimum is currently 1 minute, and I worry that you are counting too heavily on caching headers to survive that: most RSS feeds are produced by guess and by golly, with crappy headers and bad in-band information in things like ttl and skipHours hoping to make up for it. Even with good headers, all it takes is a few cache-emptying crashes or overflows to turn you into a bad citizen. The reason most don't go any lower than they do is partly because they're written by people who've paid the bandwidth bill for RSS feeds, but mostly because when they start shipping a version that will fetch once a minute, RSS producers have made it clear that their user agent will be banned if they don't stop. When your user agent is Firefox rather than BillyBobsBigAggregator, that's scary.
(In reply to comment #5) > (In reply to comment #4) > > the slashdot feed. I want to check for new mail every 2 minutes, but for new > > headlines only after 10. > > Yep, that's why it's a hidden pref. If the cache wasn't there with a > max-age=1800 to stop you from actually updating more than every 30 minutes, > you'd get yourself banned from Slashdot's feed within a few hours. I agree about "regular" feeds, but what happens when the feed is something like the above Gmail feature, or another webmail service? Google's Gmail Notifier checks for new messages every 2 minutes, so I guess they won't mind if I refresh my feed every 2 minutes. But if the limit is global, I can't do that; I don't want to be banned from slashdot, but I still want new mail checking every 2 minutes.
This won't be fixed in time for 1.0, sorry; after that, the plan is to tie live bookmark refreshes in with the (currently disabled) bookmark scheduling stuff.
Target Milestone: --- → After Firefox 1.0
*** Bug 268857 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Assignee: vladimir → vladimir+bm
OS: Windows XP → All
Hardware: PC → All
Version: unspecified → Trunk
Assignee: vladimir+bm → nobody
In addition to adding individualized refresh settings for live, I think it would be nice to see a "Refresh Live Bookmarks" option in FF's Bookmarks menu which would allow the user to refresh all of the live bookmarks simultaneously.
Seconded. Comment 9 is right on the mark, too. I'm not even confident some of my bookmarks refresh, since the interval isn't public on the user-level.
*** Bug 349081 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
we have browser.bookmarks.livemark_refresh_seconds, so unless i'm losing something this is WFM. And since we have not seen reports of bans sounds like current defaults are fine, exposing this in UI would only make this worst, i agree with comment 2.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 9 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
I still don't see individualized refresh settings in FF (see above comments); is there a different bug for that?
what do you mean by "individualized"? one for each feed? I can't see a reason for that, sounds like unnecessary complication to solve a problem that actually does not happen.
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