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Does it have sense to include sitemap URL into sitemap?

It is pointing to itself and in SEO perspective it's no use because if crawler is on our sitemap he already knows it, no need to inform it, right?

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">

    <url>
        <loc>http://example.com/sitemap.xml</loc>
        <lastmod>2014-03-22</lastmod>
    </url>
</urlset>
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Sitemaps are for telling search engines where to find your content, not your sitemaps. So you should not include your sitemap URL in your sitemap. (It would be redundant anyway).

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What about RSS? –  Ultra Mar 22 at 13:05
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Some of the sitemap generator or the deep link crawlers may cause a cyclic redundancy. However crawlers like Google bot, Bing bot are clever enough to understand this. Read the complete guidelines on https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/183668?hl=en

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What is cyclic redundancy? –  Ultra Mar 23 at 11:50

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