I also noticed a post which asks whether full feeds are killing comments:
Tris writes a good post
that wonders if publishing full post feeds in RSS might be responsible
for killing comments on posts as a result of less people actually
surfing into actual blogs. Interesting theory – pop over and tell Tris
what you think of his theory.
I think Tris has a point, to a degree. For myself, I don’t have a lot of time online (except on weekends when it is cheaper) so I tend to download all my feeds and read offline. It is a little off-putting when the feeds are only partial because I have to flag the post for follow-up and wait till I am online again before reading the full post and even then I have dozens of other posts to follow-up in such limited time. See what I mean?