Mark All as Read
One of my favorite parts of the latest The Important Thing podcast is where Rands explains that, in his RSS reader, he just marks-all-as-read at will.
For the kinds of RSS readers that track read/unread status, this is the right approach. If something’s truly important, it will come to you another way. And there are so many other ways that important things will reach you than in, say, 2005.
I write an RSS reader and I do this myself. (I often read just what’s new today, and then mark everything older as read.)
It’s totally a-okay. Your RSS reader is not your task master.