Today I implemented a new RSS feed mechanism for Inkscape. We'd been using WordoPress, but hardly anyone was posting news, and I found it too inconvenient to use and wasn't really posting much news myself. Before WordPress, we'd been rating a news item every few days very regularly, which users loved to see and set Inkscape apart from many other open source projects that rarely updated their homepage; ironically and unfortunately, while WordPress was in use it was unusual to see more than a couple news items a month.
Anyway, I finally decided to switch us back to the old system and get back to doing news items. Obviously this new system was not working for us. The two issues that had been identified with the old system was that it was hard for people to add news, and that there were not RSS feeds. For the former issue, WordPress may have made it easier for people but clearly there weren't enough people taking advantage of it to make it worthwhile.
The second issue was more problematic, and I quickly started receiving "bug reports" that the RSS feeds were broken after I started posting news items. Hrm.
So like any good Perl hacker, I hit cpan.org and found a handy dandy Perl module XML::RSS::SimpleGen, which automatically generates an RSS feed from an HTML page. This makes a static .rss file once an hour, which will make the Inkscape homepage more robust in the face of a slashdotting (we got hit during the 0.43 release with more traffic than WP could handle, and the homepage and rss feeds became unreliable).
Anyway, I'm also looking at using this for syndication of test results. The NFSv4 developers had requested such a capability a couple months ago. Also, my manager at work thought this would be a nice-to-have for our department, so we could present all of OSDL's testing news and data in an aggregated fashion.