At a gathering of a bunch of ex-feedsterites (and a handful of current ones) on Friday night, James told me that as part of his transition he's deleting every one of the RSS feeds in his newsreader, and selectively resubscribing to those he really misses and finding some new points of view to replace others. James is a brash young fellow; I could never take a step that extreme.
But in the same spirit, I took this opportunity to eliminate a bunch of subscriptions in my reader. The biggest hit - subscriptions offering incomplete or crippled content in the hope that I would visit the main site and click on its ads. The RSS reader can be a wonderful productivity tool, but I only need one level of "click through". An interesting headline will get me to read the article, but I expect the full article, with all images, to be behind that headline in my reader.
I am particularly disappointed with the loss of MocoLoco, a wonderful compendium of contemporary design, but c'mon guys - you're in a visual field, and an RSS feed of summary text without even the photo of what you're talking about is worse than useless. Likewise, I'm shooting my subscription to feeds from Salon - I'd probably pay the $25 a year or whatever it is for your subscription if I could get it by RSS, but to have to go to your site to read means that I can't enjoy it on BART.
Given the trend toward full content feeds, I'm particularly surprised by up-and-coming bloggers with minimal subscription bases who still think it's a good idea for them to only offer summary feeds (even on a blog with no advertising), while virtually all of the "real" A-list offer full-content feeds and let their readers decide whether the site itself is of value. I shot a couple of those, but I won't list them here because they are friends, and there's no point in needling them. Hopefully they'll let me know when they change their point of view, and I can once again enjoy their blogs.
Meanwhile, happy spring cleaning!