Failure to recognize >50 item blasts

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I use Newsblur to keep up with some scientific journals' "Current issue" feeds, which sometimes dump 60-100 items in with the same timestamp. I have noticed that Newsblur consistently only recognizes 50 items. Two feeds where I have seen this behavior are http://feeds.feedburner.com/pnas/SMZM (today) and http://feeds.feedburner.com/jbc/SUcv (for the past few weeks) - it may also be relevant that they are both feedburner feeds. The missing articles never show up, as far as I can tell.
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Michael Clarkson

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Posted 7 years ago

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Markus Reimer

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lgladdy:
A limit, that for the user seems to randomly ignore one or many items in a feed without indicating that the feed is broken and misses items is by all meaningful definitions of the word, a bug.
If this really is the intended and desired effect this should be clearly stated on the site and preferably indicated in the feed.

iMarc:
I also think that this is what Samuel has written, but I find it so absurd that I really would like to see a confirmation from him. I can't see how he don't consider this something that must be fixed. I have no problem with if it's a low priority fix, but I would really like to know if it's something that he intends to correct or not.

Toussanter:
You have pointed out the problem.
I have made the switch to feedly for my daily usage, and it does the work for me.
I would like to continue to support the development of NewsBlur with my money, *if* Samuel intends to be open about things like this. But it does seem less and less likely.
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I'm sorry to say Markus, but your definition of a bug is incorrect. I'm a software designer/developer/tester and I should know. But in case you don't believe, let me quote wikipedia about software bug:

"A software bug is an error, flaw, failure, or fault in a computer program or system that produces an incorrect or unexpected result, or causes it to behave in unintended ways."

Unfortunately the way the service works regarding this issue, is intended.

I too liked NewsBlur at the start and wanted to give it a chance despite the few problems and usability issues I found initially, but constantly finding out new limitations, like this issue at hand, which were not documented, made me switch really quickly. The way the developer handled/s these issues raised by users didn't help either.
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I'm also a developer. And I still have a hard time to grasp that he accually think that this is an intended behaviour.

For all users, (that haven't seen this thread,) that is an unexpected behaviour with unintended results and thus a bug.
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No, it's not (a bug). You're just pig-headed about this. It's clearly the intended behavior by the dev, and you just can't believe it (which you admit). It's not a bug. So stop calling it that, call it by the real name: very stupidly designed feature.