Really Simple Syndication(RSS) is a protocol that allows special monitoring programs called Aggregators to download an XML style stream of data from a website, and make the data available for you to view. Examples of this data are news headlines and message board topics. Since we use the latter around here, it seems like a good thing to make available via RSS.
How is this useful? I check backcountrypilot.org daily to see what discussions are active, which means I have to load the whole website and be pelted with a lot of the color green. If all I am interested in is being informed of when the forum topics change, then I am just going to check my RSS Aggregator, which happens to be built into my web browser of choice(it's free and does not suffer from spyware and adware problems like IE), Mozilla Firefox:
Here are the steps to set this up for Firefox:
1) Double-click the blue RSS icon on the right side of the address bar (where you see the "http://www.backcountrypilot.org/....")
2) Choose "Bookmarks Toolbar Folder" and Click OK.
3) You're done.
Alternately, you can do this to manually add an RSS feed:
1) Given that you have the Firefox browser installed, click on Bookmarks
2) Select Manage Bookmarks
3) Click File > New Live Bookmark (Live means it refreshes its content from the internet)
4) Set Name: Backcountrypilot.org
5) Set Feed Location(copy and paste this url):
6) You can now click the button to show the most recent topics!
Here are the steps to set this up for Internet Explorer:
Coming someday. At this point, IE doesn't support RSS bookmarks