Reverse Sorting an RSS feed: Your Help Needed


I’m looking for an easy method to make a reverse-ordered RSS feed from the existing PC Weenies RSS feed. I’m using Mailchimp for the PC Weenies Toon Mailer, but unfortunately, it always displays my RSS feed from most recent post to least recent post. Which can be kind of a bummer when you’re following the storyline.

The only workaround I have is to publish the mailing list on a daily basis. Unfortunately, MailChimp does not offer a M-W-F option for their RSS mailing list option.

I have tried Yahoo’s Pipes approach, but it seems to error out every time I supply the original RSS feed. I’m looking to my fellow geeks for a solution. Help?


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  • qka
    April 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Life: It must be lived forward, but understood backwards.

    OK, it’s more on philosophy than practicality.

    Mailchimp is a commercial product – what do they say? Website, tesch support, etc.?

  • Ipstenu
    April 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Do you want the RSS feed to be reversed, or the order in the mailer to reverse?

    RSS is always newest on top, and while you COULD change it (editing the feed file), that wouldn’t actually do anything, since RSS readers will still parse and sort ‘correctly’ (i.e. by date).

    But if you want the mailer to reverse the order in the emails, that’s a different matter and might be possible, depending on how mailchimp pulls it in.

    • Krishna
      April 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Yep – the latter is what I want to do. Mailchimp suggested I try Yahoo Pipes – that there was no method in house to reverse the order of how the mailer ‘interprets’ the feed.

      The only workaround I have at the moment is to send out the Mailer daily (which I have it set to, as of this afternoon). Alas, there’s no M-W-F mailer option (yet) with MailChimp.

  • Shane
    April 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    RSS feeds are sorted by date – that is the date you give it to sort by. Start a new feed using a date2 field that is decremented for each entry which would then place comics in the order you want them.

  • Kypros
    November 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Hi, did you ever resolve this?