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RSS feeds on the Ask & Answer forum

Postby HughSpencer » Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:09 pm

Yay, finally got this working!

Click on the SmartFeed link at the top,
set the options how you like,
cut and paste the URL generated at the bottom and insert into your RSS feeder.

If you are using Firefox look in the options and select the LiveFeeds if you've never used a RSS feed before.

You can then get to see what is new in the forum from your bookmarks.

Any probs, I'll try and help you get it going :-)
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Postby Robin Fawcett » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:23 am

Just checking to see if I managed to get this working
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Postby HughSpencer » Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:55 am

did it work for you Robin?

For those of you who haven't come across RSS feeds I recommend you go to
http://www.whatisrss.com/
You can find RSS feeds on all the various group news blogs and the photo gallery.

Replacement of the current server will allow me to allocate more space to photos and the like so we can start adding more. At present the 11 year old server has 9GB hard disks.
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Postby Robin Fawcett » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:48 pm

It seems to work on Safari (the Mac browser) but not on Firefox???
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Postby Robin Fawcett » Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:47 am

Funnily enough although the RSS feed works on Safari the "View posts since last visit" & "View your posts" buttons don't appear. Also if I try to make a reply or new topic on Safari I have to sign in with my user name and password but this isn't the case if I use Firefox.

I also have problems using Hotmail with Safari. ':twisted:'

The interface between Mac and the rest of the world is sometimes weird - any ideas Hugh?
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Postby Bob_Fleet » Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:43 am

I'm afraid this looks a little like a private conversation between website administrators to us simple folk who just like to play with wood.

What does it mean in one/two syllable words and how do we do it?

Bob :?
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Postby Robin Fawcett » Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:27 am

Bob, I am really only a simple folk who likes to play with wood and I really am doing my best to learn about new technology and its possibilities and capabilities.
Hugh is the fount of all knowledge about this kind of thing. I thought that by posting my problems/findings here others could benefit and we could all learn together.
As he said in a previous post go to http://www.whatisrss.com/to learn more about RSS feeds - in a nutshell it's the news you want to hear about delivered directly to your computer!
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Postby Bob_Fleet » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:25 pm

Ah well.
I think I've done it using Amphetadesk and now to find out what it does.
This post should test it.

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Postby Terry in Ottawa » Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:37 pm

Folowing Hugh's suggestion, I read the WhatisRSS information and then asked my club members about it.

One of their recommendations was to use Google Reader. I have done that and I now have three sites (including this one) feeding into my reader.

Pretty neat.

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Postby HughSpencer » Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:30 pm

Well, to be honest, even folks who are supposed to know about techie things make a 'horlicks' of it - you should see some of the support postings my staff deal with from people working in the Internet industry :-)

However for those of you who haven't succeeded with Firefox here's the trick.

Tools | Options | Feeds click the radio button that says "Subscribe to the feed using;" highlight the Live Feeds or whichever you want. OK the changes.

Now use the SmartFeed link to generate the URL. Copy it. ( Ctrl C ) and paste it into the Browser site selector ( Ctrl V ) now the LiveFeed dialogue box should pop up asking you where to put the bookmark. I shove this sort of link into the Bookmark Toolbar Folder which means I end up with an easy to click link at the top of my browser.

If you want to get feeds from sites secured by password you will have to be a little more sophisticated and use a plugin like Sage for Firefox but for any open subscription the above should work nicely.
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Postby HughSpencer » Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:38 pm

One interesting side effect of this new bit of code is that it is best to log out of the site and then generate your URL if you want to also visit the site and read new postings. Otherwise all the posts are marked as read (the little symbol on the left is white instead of orange).

I only just worked this out, sorry :-)
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Re: RSS feeds on the Ask & Answer forum

Postby HughSpencer » Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:01 pm

I need to see if a similar plug-in is available for this latest version of phpBB. If I find one I'll see if I can get it going.
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