Do you know if
<sy:updatePeriod> is widely adopted by publishers?
I didn’t know, so I have done some crawling over podcastindex.org. I hope this can be usful. Let me know if you want to have the scripts, data, or anything else.
I downloaded a list of the latest 1000 feeds from podcastindex, downloaded them all, and had a quick look at them.
Adoption among feeds
The adoption is 6.4% in this sample, comparable to the 6.8% of
podcast:funding, 2.44% of
podcast:location, 0.7% (sic! I couldn’t believe that) of
Adoption among websites
If we count the number of websites supporting this tag instead of the number of feeds supporting it (thus ignoring that some websites host more podcasts than others), this number bumps to 13.7%, while
podcast:funding goes to 5% and
podcast:locked to 19%.
Every single time that
sy:updatePeriod was used, its value was
hourly. This suggests that it’s only used by people who want their feed polled more frequently.
My analysis is of course limited because it’s just on a rather small sample, but I think it’s still useful.
A better analysis would need to ask: how many podcasts needs to set a higher update frequency at all? A podcast series releasing one episode per week will be ok with daily checks, so this kind of users don’t have any incentive to use
updatePeriod. This was too complicated to check, so I didn’t, but my feeling is that if we take this into account, then the adoption by people who needs it is quite high.
So, to answer your question I think that adoption is not so low. it’s higher than the adoption of other easy to support tags which the authors clearly have great incentive to support (
podcast:funding bring money in their pocket).
Have you engaged in the discussion on this podcast namespace tag yet? I think that getting voices like yours (as host) would be valuable to move things forward.
I haven’t, but I will. thanks for encouraging me