There is a tendentious discussion going on in the RSS community about standardization; at least that is what it seems to be about to me.
I don't know much about the internals of RSS so I am lost in the arguments about various versions, capabilities and adaptabilities. To be honest, I really don't want to know those kinds of details. I know I just want it to work and to deliver content to me, my students and my colleagues. I really don't care how it does it. But I do understand personal agendas and it does seem to me as I read the links I find on this issue that there is more to all of this thrashing than a desire for efficiency and standardization.
My advice: fix RSS where it needs it and leave it alone where it doesn't.
I want to focus on functionality. For example, is there a search engine that delivers content in RSS format as the result of a search? There probably is one and I just haven't paid attention.
What I would like is for NetNewsWire (my RSS aggregator of preference) to have a search window, I type in "bagpipes" and get a listing of all the content that, say, Google would normally display in text. I want this INSIDE of an RSS reader so that I don't have to go out of it and into the browser to go to Google to type it in and wait for the hits. The same with Google graphic searches.