I think MediaWiki's default syndication feed support is pretty suboptimal for normal viewing. It's just hard-to-read raw diffs of the page changes, it ignores all formating and just gives you wikitext, and it has tons of crap in it you don't care about if you just want to read the site. It just isn't what you want for reading.
So, I installed Gregory Szorc's nice WikiFeeds extension and made some minor changes myself. It provides much better and more pleasant syndication, and it reads like a blog feed, basically, which is nice. Here are some useful feeds for this site:
- Recent Changes: rss atom
- Recent Opinions: rss atom (look at those URLs to see how to choose your own categories)
- Newest Articles: rss atom
If none of those suit you, then you can learn how to make your own custom ones here.
Since I don't like feeds much myself, I've set up a mailing list that I send out notification of substantial changes and new articles, and maybe the full article text, when I write them. Personally, I like getting a mail reminder so I don't have to check the site or a feed reader. I will make a judgement call to determine when I think something is important enough to send out to the list, while the feeds above catch all changes.
- Announcement mailing list: subscribe