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Daniel Widdis
May 26th, 2005, 02:47 AM
The FAQ mentions the ability for an RSS feed to be enabled but I don't see any links indicating that RSS is currently active. Is there any intent to activate RSS?

Judy G. Russell
May 26th, 2005, 10:36 AM
Errr... once we have time to figure out how it works, I don't see any reason why the public sections can't be available through RSS feeds. We'd have to see about security issues for the private sections. (Can you tell I'm fumbling because we haven't had time to research this yet? Can you tell I have a feeling I know what I'm doing with much of my upcoming long Memorial Day weekend?)

Daniel Widdis
May 26th, 2005, 12:22 PM
Errr... once we have time to figure out how it works, I don't see any reason why the public sections can't be available through RSS feeds.
Judy,

Thanks! The reason I'm asking is because I'm researching ways of posting some messages to an email list in an automated fashion. An RSS feed would simplify that process greatly.

Dan

Daniel Widdis
May 26th, 2005, 02:23 PM
Errr... once we have time to figure out how it worksTry enabling external data provider (http://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/main/vboptions_group_external) for RSS. That will turn it on for all "guest viewable forums".

Judy G. Russell
May 26th, 2005, 09:48 PM
I think it's been done. Let me know. (Lordy, it's good to have forum members who know enough to help us figure out the software!)

Daniel Widdis
May 27th, 2005, 01:41 AM
I think it's been done. Let me know.
Good news: Yes, it's up.

Bad news: It doesn't do what I thought it did. It only displays the first message in a thread. Good for knowing when a woid is posted and put up for votes, but won't relay all the child messages to the email list. In order to do that I'd have to code a custom script. (Or hack the vBulletin code!)

Judy G. Russell
May 27th, 2005, 09:51 AM
Let me check with the vBulletin support folks to see whether there is an existing hack.

fhaber
May 27th, 2005, 10:35 AM
I think I noticed this on DTP. It does reduce the utility of RSS for accessing the board. If you see the first msg-in-thread, and are interested in many threads, there's almost no point in getting your RSS reader involved in the first place. (My preference is based on FeedDemon, the reader I use).

Judy G. Russell
May 27th, 2005, 10:41 AM
Can you think of any other way of "echoing" messages to a Yahoo group, Frank?

fhaber
May 27th, 2005, 11:01 AM
Not at the moment.

Daniel Widdis
May 27th, 2005, 12:12 PM
Judy,

Could you also enable the XML and Javascript external feeds? I can look at them and see if they provide any more info.

Dan

Daniel Widdis
May 27th, 2005, 12:15 PM
If you see the first msg-in-thread, and are interested in many threads, there's almost no point in getting your RSS reader involved in the first place. Well, the RSS "updates" and indicates there's a new message in the thread, so it can provide a quick link to new posts in that thread. It's actually pretty useful.

If I end up writing my own script (using wget and perl) I'll use the RSS feed to key me in to which threads are the new ones.

Dan

Judy G. Russell
May 27th, 2005, 12:23 PM
They're all turned on now for you to test, Daniel.

Daniel Widdis
May 27th, 2005, 01:55 PM
They're all turned on now for you to test, Daniel.
Thanks. No additional info there.

A script to download them all is doable, although I'm still guessing there's some other configuration possible on the vBulletin side. I'll look into it.

Dan

Judy G. Russell
May 27th, 2005, 02:05 PM
Just let me know what we can do to help. Making this work for everybody (or almost everybody) is our top priority.

Daniel Widdis
May 27th, 2005, 07:23 PM
Just let me know what we can do to help. Making this work for everybody (or almost everybody) is our top priority.See the new thread I started on "email mirror". That's the direction I'd like to go. :)