This is what my folder list looked like yesterday on Bloglines. As you can see, I had a lot of unread items. I’ve been slowly catching up for months, but I’m pretty meticulous about reading things if I’m subscribed (eventually). Probably the collecting bug I’ve got.

Anyway, in case you haven’t used Bloglines, inside those folders are individual feed subscriptions. You can expand the folders to read each subscription individually, or you can click on the folder to read all of the items in all of the feeds in that folder. Guess what happens if you click the top-level folder?

I accidently did just that yesterday. Realizing what I had done as soon as I did it, I panicked, and closed Firefox as quickly as I could, hoping the request wouldn’t go through (I was at work, and our web proxy is a dog). Of course, it did go through, and closing the browser was a big mistake. Bloglines now has a feature that lets you mark all articles currently being viewed from a feed as unread… but only when first viewing them. By the time I’d restarted my browser, it was too late. There are a few ways I could have viewed what I’d lost, but no way to recover the state information for future use. I even had the Powerbook running and tuned into Bloglines at the same time- I put Firefox in the Mac into Offline mode, which let me get the screenshot, and I could have used that to see what feeds I needed to review for lost items. In the end, however, I decided to accept the loss of my unread items gracefully, and start over with a clean Bloglines inbox.

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