I was kind of surprised to read how inconsistently RSS is used across sharing sites. According to TorrentFreak, RSS heavy weight Dave Winer’s offer of help is motivated by helping site operators remain as de-centralized as possible.
I’ll be honest, I am a little confused at how helping to standardize these feeds is going to help with that goal. Or how, as the TorrentFreak article comments, centralized search engines made up for inconsistencies and warts in each site’s RSS.
I have to suppose what is meant is that at a high level, user activity is either to just search for a torrent for media of interest or subscribe to a regular producer of the same. As search has become an increasingly risk laden activity as the index sites have shut themselves down or been shut down, then subscription becomes a more attractive option.
Personally, I don’t see it as directly comparable, although nowhere in Dave’s posts does he suggest as much. He simply remarks on making RSS and BitTorrent work better together, an idea that I have to agree is as appealing still today as when it was first suggested years ago.