Randy left me a writeback suggesting that I use the comments field of RSS 2.0. Silly me, I didn’t know there was one! I’m going to continue to leave the HTML link to the comments (and the comment count) in the text of each item but I’m also adding this to the RSS template.
Apologies to those who are going to find all these items marked as new again for the second time in 24 hours. At least in NetNewsWire, it did work exactly as I had hoped with the comments, where those with new comments showed up as a newly edited item when the comment count changed. I think this rocks, as it lets people who are aggregating know where the conversations are happening. How do y’all like it?