Duplicate Items in Engadget Feeds?

UPDATE: Ryan from Engadget says: We’re aware of the issue and are working as quickly as possible to correct it. Thanks for your patience!

Here is the problem report I submitted to Engadget:

Hi there!

I’ve been seeing a lot of entries from Engadget reappear over and over recently(as updated items and as new items) in my aggregator(I’m using Gregarius), so I did a little digging.

There are at least two problems with your feed.

1) The order of attributes for your html tags changes over time, causing aggregators to think an item has changed. Specifically, the alt tag for images in items changes position in a given item, even though nothing else has changed.

2) This may be a one time thing. I noticed that some items in my database for engadget items have a permalink starting with http://www.engadget.com and others, with the same content start with http://engadget.com – I assume this happened once and the problem will go away.

This file has 4 items from my aggregator’s database that refer to the same content. If you compare 1.txt with 3.txt, you will notice problem #1 mentioned above. If you compare 1.txt with 2.txt, you will notice problem #2 mentioned above.

Thanks for your time.


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