Eric F. Myers in the Google Reader support forums:
If you’ve come here from the”Something is Broken” forum thinking that this problem has been Answered, I’m sorry to say that it has not been. It’s been six months since I’ve posted this question and there’s still no answer from Google. The post in question still has a star next to it.
Another 283 people seem to echo his problem, that’s what happens when something is “free”.