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Old 20.06.2006, 19:34
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What about an RSS feed?

Hi Mark,

after using the excellent customised Google homepage for a while, I'm wondering if you have any plans to make an RSS feed for the site, giving details of new posts?

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Old 20.06.2006, 19:36
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

I'm sure I can do something like that. Currently we have an inbound feed from Swissinfo, I presume you want me to make an outbound feed for people to integrate into their own sites or customised pages?

Anyone else like this idea?
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Old 20.06.2006, 19:51
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

yes please.

If anyone is interested, I use www.bloglines.com as my RSS reader to avoid a client install at work
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

Looks like it is already a standard feature - click the FAQ link and type in "RSS" as the search term. Let me know if this is what you were after?
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

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Looks like it is already a standard feature - click the FAQ link and type in "RSS" as the search term. Let me know if this is what you were after?
I tried adding it to my Google personal page and it seems to be giving a problem at the moment. I'm getting the link to the Forums in the header but underneath where I'd imagine the links to new content would be, I'm seeing:

"Information is temporarily unavailable."


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Old 20.06.2006, 21:25
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

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yes please.

If anyone is interested, I use www.bloglines.com as my RSS reader to avoid a client install at work

You can add RSS links to the personalised Google pages too -- quite handy if you don't have so many sites to monitor.


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Re: What about an RSS feed?

thanks - I'll try that
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Old 21.06.2006, 08:30
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

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I tried adding it to my Google personal page and it seems to be giving a problem at the moment. I'm getting the link to the Forums in the header but underneath where I'd imagine the links to new content would be, I'm seeing:

"Information is temporarily unavailable."


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Hi Gav, I just added it to my google homepage and it works fine - maybe you should check it again. The only thing is that it is showing only new threads - not new posts. I'll see if there is a hack to change this.
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Hi Gav, I just added it to my google homepage and it works fine - maybe you should check it again. The only thing is that it is showing only new threads - not new posts. I'll see if there is a hack to change this.
On mine it's still showing a link to the main site but with the 'Information unavailable' message below it.


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Old 21.06.2006, 18:58
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

Hi Gav,

Try putting the URL of the feed directly into your browser - you should see the XML file loads, and you can see all the information in it. I just checked again, and it's working fine. I presume that you have double-checked the URL and are using the one ending in rss2...
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Old 21.06.2006, 19:12
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Try putting the URL of the feed directly into your browser - you should see the XML file loads, and you can see all the information in it. I just checked again, and it's working fine. I presume that you have double-checked the URL and are using the one ending in rss2...
The RSS2 feed did the trick. Very handy, I'm really getting to like the Google homepage and little things like RSS.


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Old 26.06.2006, 12:01
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

Just an update on this - I found an existing site (which seems to be run by a member of this forum who hasn't posted on this thread) with a working RSS feed into this forum. Just thought people might want to see a working example of what we are talking about on this thread:

http://www.swinglish.ch/
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English Forum RSS feed

This thread was initially going to be a request for an RSS feed of new threads, then half way through writing it I decided to do a Google search and see what options were out there. Thanks to this blog post, I found out that vBulletin already does this!

To get an RSS feed of new threads on English Forum just subscribe to:
http://www.englishforum.ch/external.php?type=RSS2

I noticed this information is available in the FAQ but it definitely should be promoted more heavily. RSS may not be mainstream yet but as this forum is full of tech heads, I'm sure it would be useful.
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To get an RSS feed of new threads on English Forum just subscribe to:
http://www.englishforum.ch/external.php?type=RSS2

I noticed this information is available in the FAQ but it definitely should be promoted more heavily. RSS may not be mainstream yet but as this forum is full of tech heads, I'm sure it would be useful.
This post is in a similar vein. I'm paraphrasing here, so please read for yourself, but apparently there are things like a charter and a more appropriate FAQ on the way or at least on the list.
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Re: English Forum RSS feed

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I noticed this information is available in the FAQ but it definitely should be promoted more heavily. RSS may not be mainstream yet but as this forum is full of tech heads, I'm sure it would be useful.
Hi Joshua, we discussed this already a few months back so I merged your thread into the old thread. I think the thing here is if you are the type who wants to use RSS you'll figure it out - many of us have. After all, it's not hard to locate the information. Overly promoting a feature like that might just waste time for the majority of people who aren't interested in it? As you pointed out - it's in the FAQ, which I think is good enough. Maybe one day the developers of vbulletin will add a little link somewhere like the blogging sites do.
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

Well if I had to do a Google search just to figure out how to do it, it can't be that easy to find the information. And honestly, why should I have to search at all?

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Is adding a link to the homepage difficult?
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

Because you are the one that wants it.
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

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Because you are the one that wants it.
What I meant was that RSS is quickly becoming a standard on the web - i.e. people expect it - so why shouldn't it be on the homepage? I shouldn't have to search for it.
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Re: What about an RSS feed?

Joshua, you haven't missed the RSS icon in your FF2 address bar have you?
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Joshua, you haven't missed the RSS icon in your FF2 address bar have you?
Jeez, is it "Make Joshua Look Stupid" Day? :P

Yes, I use FF2. No, I haven't missed the RSS icon in the address bar. I'm not making these comments for myself; I'm making them for the general user who 1) isn't likely to use FF and 2) may not know about the RSS icon even if they do use FF.
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