~"RSS was not specifically designed for just a web-browser therefore its not the sole browsers responsibility. It was designed to be web-based or desktop-based."~
Yeah, but the "web-based" part of it IS the web-browsers responsibility... the desktop-based part isn't relevant here, so why even bring it up? Pad much?
~"With just about every site now containing a Subscribe button there is no need for a button in the URL bar anymore."~
Heh, I see what you did there... but no, it's exactly the other way around: with a well-specified way to include links to RSS feeds in the header part of the HTML, there is no need to display RSS buttons anymore.
~"What can be done for the slim chance a site does not have a subscribe button is the browser displaying a RSS button."~
But since the browser can't know if there is a subscribe link in the HTML body of the page or not, it needs to parse the HTML header links anyway... which is why browsers, including Firefox, do just that.
Those RSS buttons in the HTML body are plain obsolete I guess, like FONT tags and all that crud we gleefully get rid of once we came up with something much better.
~"Bottom line it is the responsibility of the site owner to make aware of RSS and its use or at min a link to the info."~
Sure, if you *really* want people to use your RSS feeds, you can't rely on the browsers or RSS being common knowledge.. yet. It would be nice if browsers helped out there, though, and the fact that only 5% of the Windows users use the RSS button in the address bar if Firefox actually means they should make it BIGGER, they should make it BLINK. Or mention it in a "first-time startup tutorial, etc.".
Imagine an author who doesn't write about what's in his heart and mind, what he believes to be correct or important - but instead about "what the people want" (which by definition is what the people already know): that author guy may be successful or not, but one thing is sure, that's one shitty author. Whoredom catering to boredom, the disease of the internet or the modern world even. (now how's /that/ for being full of it or having a go haha? you're welcome ^^ I wish it wasn't true, you know)