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What is RSS?

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" - it's a format for distributing and gathering content from sources across the Web. Web publishers use RSS to easily create and distribute news feeds that include links, headlines, and summaries.

What kind of content does Geocachers of the Bay Area syndicate via RSS?

Geocachers of the Bay Area offers 3 feeds in the RSS format.

What's New

RSS 2.0 feed for What's New at
Additions and changes to


  RSS 2.0 feed for Geocachers of the Bay Area Gallery
Additions to the Geocachers of the Bay Area Gallery


  RSS 2.0 feed for Geocachers of the Bay Area Gallery
Upcoming events on the Geocachers of the Bay Area Calendar

Optional parameters include -

limit=x - maximum number of feed items - default=10
start=x - number of days ahead to look - default=0
days=x - number of days to search - default=no limit

Example - - one week's worth of events starting three days from now


RSS 2.0 feed for Geocachers of the Bay Area Forums
Posts to the Geocachers of the Bay Area Forums

The parameter login (included in RSS 2.0 button link above) is mandatory if you wish to access the non-public Geocachers of the Bay Area forums.

Optional parameters include -

f=x - forum id - only posts from specified forum are output
t=1 - only new topics (first messages in topic) - default=0
c=x - number of feed items - default=25, maximum=100
topic=x - view topic 'x' only

Examples - - only posts from General Geocaching forum - fetch 100 feed items

*PLEASE NOTE - all content except Announcements in the Geocachers of the Bay Area Forums is closed or private and is only available for registered members of the GBA Forums. As such you are prohibited from incorporating forum content into weblogs, websites, or otherwise making it public. In addition, do not submit the Forums feed to any RSS directories or search engines.

How do I use the GBA RSS feeds?

News aggregators (also called news readers) will download and display RSS feeds for you. A number of free and commercial news aggregators are available for download. Two examples of free news aggregators are Mozilla Thunderbird and FeedReader. The GBA feeds use RSS 2.0, therefore, choose an aggregator that supports RSS 2.0 (most news aggregators support various RSS versions).

Please note - because the forum content is private, authentication (username/password) is required to access the Forums feed. Therefore, you must ensure that the news aggregator you select supports authentication. Note that services that let you add RSS feeds to a Web page (e.g. Yahoo!) do not support authentication. In addition, as noted above, you are prohibited from making public the GBA Forums content.

The feed URLs can be obtained by clicking on the RSS 2.0 buttons above. The username/password for authentication for the Forums feed is your GBA Forums username/password.