Multiple instances of same feed, many feeds gone!

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I have subscribed to multiple feeds from the Scientific American network at blog.scientificamerican.com. Google Reader is showing each feed properly. However, NewsBlur has somehow redirected many of these to 1 SciAm feed (the "global" feed). As a result, I have multiple instances of a feed called "Scientific American", and none of my blogs. If I look at a story in 1 of these instances, the story count for each feed changes.

P.S. I've been trying to load a screenshot but it keeps freezing!
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Cait

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tewoharu

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This sounds like the problem I had - try adding ?sometext to the end of feed url when you add it manually. See http://getsatisfaction.com/newsblur/t...
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Cait

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Yup, that worked.
Except now I have to do this for 13 feeds.
This definitely needs to be fixed!
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NewsBlur is somewhat aggressive in trying to root out duplicates. The problem is that Scientific American probably has a link to their main site's RSS feed before it links to the topic feed, like you have subscribed to. Could you provide a few examples of these feed URLs or website URLs? I'd be very happy to figure out why they are so aggressively de-duped.
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http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/d...
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/a...
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/s...

It only happened when I imported them from Google Reader. It works fine when I add them manually to NewsBlur.
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I'm seeing the same issue with the Old New Thing;: RSS URL is http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/r..., and the main site is at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/. Using the "?" trick worked great, though - thanks!
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I've got a pretty good idea of how to make this better. I'm going to build a new Feed Info dialog that contains:
- The feed address, which can be changed.
- All duplicate addresses that have been found, and allow you to simply select the alternate address and have that feed save.
- History of the feed, in terms of feed and page fetches, as well as any de-duping that may have occurred (those duplicate addresses above will probably just have a date on them, but it's likely to be more confusing with the date if it didn't occur with you in the driver's seat.)
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I'm definitely still having this problem — the aggressive deduping is causing a more general feed to be fetched and suggested (when I paste the feed URL into the add box). This happened with at the time of Google Reader import, causing about 5 of my feeds to become quite a bit different from what I wanted.

Here are a few examples:

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjourn... (which 301 redirects to http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjourn...) turned into the general Adobe blogs feed http://blogs.adobe.com/global-feeds?f...

http://blog.caranddriver.com/topics/2... turned into http://blog.caranddriver.com/feed/

http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/rs... (which 301 redirects to /teamfusion/feed, which redirects to a broken page) turned into the comments feed http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/co... — this one is perhaps a bit more understandable, though I would still have preferred a chance to intervene and stop it from “fixing” itself.
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Hit me in a couple weeks with this issue and I'll implement a forceful de-duper for you. It'll be a checkbox in the Site Settings dialog that ensures you don't get de-duped unintentionally. But right now it's crunch time and I can't work on issues that affect so few people. I hear ya, and I'll get to it, but make sure you let me know when things settle down.
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Sure, thanks, appreciate it. I realize you have a lot more urgent things to do at the moment :-)