I just got an email from long time reader Ben who told me that my feed would not update automatically anymore. After checking the feed it turned out that he was right. The Feedburner feed stopped working on February 10 and did not update anymore while the normal feed displays the latest articles just fine.
I went to Feedburner, tried pinging my feed, then re-synchronizing it, all to no avail. I then clicked on Feed Medic only to be told that my feed was just fine and not causing any errors.
Feedburner suggested to use the Feed Validator to check out that the feed was properly validating which it was.
One strange thing in the Feedburner control panel was that the statistics also stopped on February 10, 2010 which I suppose they should not have.
Feedburner does not have a support email address only a Google Group that one can post in. But the frequency that staff members seem to look at and reply to threads seems to be minimal at best.
Ghacks readers who have troubles with the feed can change the feed address to https://www.ghacks.net/feed/. This feed address is working fine and updating like usual.
Did anyone else experience issues with Feedburner feeds not updating or only periodically updating?
The problem seems to be more complicated than that. I checked https://www.ghacks.net/feed/ in Firefox and it displayed just fine. I checked the same feed in Opera and it also showed entries up to February 10, 2010. Something is not right here. This means that it is likely that the issue is not Feedburner related but related to WordPress or the server.
The issue has been fixed. It was related to the W3 Caching plugin which caches feeds by default as well. I disabled that in the settings and the feed should display fine now for all users.
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