Those of us who read Metafilter via RSS have run into a interesting problem: the feeds include deleted posts. I run into them all the time and it’s a bit frustrating — if it’s bad enough to delete why is it good enough to appear in my feed?

A reader wondered if these removed posts could be kept out of the feed. Oddly, the follow up discussion which inspired dozens of haiku:

is “RSS feed”
four syllables, or just two?
hmmm, i’ll go with four.

Wait, people pronounce

it like “arse feed”? Because that

would be fucking awesome.

I am sad to say
That I can’t write poetry
Wish I took less math

Do you need a hug?

Metatalk is not the place

to look for such things.

So can the deleted posts be removed from the feed?

“RSS feed scrubbed?
Can I skip deleted posts?”
mathowie: No way.

Wanting a pony

Can sometimes lead to heartbreak

You must persevere

Naturally, there’s an RSS feed just for the deleted posts, should you want such a thing:

This post was deleted for the following reason: People apparently hate this. — cortex

This post was deleted for the following reason: This seems like a really awful way to go about making a post about this stuff. — cortex

This post was deleted for the following reason: don’t. — jessamyn