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RSS feeds

Discussion in 'Technical' started by melbo, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Have any of you played around with this yet?

    Pretty cool. You can download an RSS reader or use FireFox to pull headlines from news sites, forums, blogs, etc without even visiting the site.

    FF lets you know when you are on a site that supports it with a little red icon in the address bar. I think IE just makes your system crash when it sees RSS... not sure.

    I can look at a drop down list of the last 15-20 posts titles and if they interest me, can then click on them to go to that item... I've got mine set for a few forums as well as some great News...

    I'm playing around with a free Open Source Reader right now:

    Nice to be able to tell what is going on at a glance!

    SM Feed:
  2. Aptus

    Aptus Monkey+++ Founding Member

  3. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Odd. I tried that App FeedReader and it stopped showing me Topic Dates. SM.com only.
  4. Aptus

    Aptus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Like it's only showing the title as "sm.com"??

    I wish I could remember the name of the stand-alone RSS aggregator that I liked... perhaps it will come to me soon.
  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    No, It dropped the dates off the topics only on the Survivalmonkey feeds. A few others are fine. That Sage you offered is pretty cool. Shows the author and date and time and them even shows the smilies and rest of the BBcode format.

  6. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    OK Aptus.

    What should I use if I want to put the RSS feeds on an Html site? I know you gave me a suggestion or two a few weeks ago. I'd like to add the SM Forum feeds to the main page at www.survivalmonkey.com
  7. Aptus

    Aptus Monkey+++ Founding Member

  8. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I played with a few and then took a look at the different feeds through LYNX. Engine view browser. Was a PITA. The Feed that I could see didn't show up to search engines and Viced versa.. So I put them both up. It's a crude job but sometimes I get frustrated and find a quick fix...

    RSS is pretty fun to play with [booze]
  9. Aptus

    Aptus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Hmm, haven't tried Lynx. Sounds like it sucks though, lol.

    As far as on-site RSS... that RSSinclude looks like its working okay. Blends in pretty well to me.
  10. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I found a site that let me look at a page through LYNX' eyes. Supposed to show you a SE only ersion of the site and more importantly the code. Iframe, Javascript, etc don't get seend by most SEs...

    Thanks. It works for me...
    Now I have a page of other Feeds that I want to integrate. Firearms news, etc
  11. Aptus

    Aptus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Ohhhh I see what you're talking about with Lynx. I had never come across it and thought it was just another type of RSS aggregator.

    For the firearms page, are you just going to plug it into rssinclude again?
  12. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I found the LYNX tool at some guys site. delorie I think.

    Yeah, I might just use RSSinclude again. The only problem is that it grabs the feeds from offsite. I think they had a version that I could host also. I'll play with it this weekend.

    I see you moved servers. We had to do that a few months back. Went with a different host altogether. I just shut the board down for a day
  13. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Actually, What I meant was that RSSinclude spits out this after you use the EZ form to 'add' a feed

    Sample from the GoldisMoney feed using Iframe:
    <iframe width="500" height="400" src="http://www.rss-info.com/rss2.php?integration=if&windowopen=1&rss=
    howrsstitle=1&showtext=1" frameborder=0></iframe>
    which means that Rss-info 'hosts' the feed. Each time it is called for, that site goes and gets it. Notice there is nothing in the above code about Me or GIM... I'd like to integrate a feed reader on my server that does that itself... I tried caRp and had not so much lluck... stille looking and playing around. And yes, It is an interesting concept for RSS forums... The above was the code plugged into that post. (Admin can html here)

    I saw a thread at phpBB about a RSS feed generator that allowed one to specify each forum they wanted in the feed. As it is here, I can just me a forum 'for logged in only' and it will ignore it. I may do that with a few more forums here so my "Survival" feed isn't filled with Humor, Jokes, and General Discussion...

    SO , there are two sides to this RSS game. The Generation for Syndication side. And the Server/site based reader side. Trying to find the best of both.

    If you could fill a few forums with Search Engine viewable feeds... Think of the traffic it could drive?! For that matter, you could plug a cool blog feed into a forum topic... Hell, I might try it with yours. Put some pressure on you to update :D
  14. Aptus

    Aptus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Ahhh, I see what you mean. Yeah I'm not a big fan of rrsinclude hosting the actual feeds. Though, I was assuming that once they release their PHPinclude, it would show us how they were pulling in the feeds and then it could just be edited as needed.

    Okay, scratch what I just said. I think I found the actual PHP code to make an integrated RSS feed list.

    This is from http://magpierss.sourceforge.net/. I believe there are some php files to download, but here's the code they mention:


    require_once 'rss_fetch.inc';

    $url = 'http://magpie.sf.net/samples/imc.1-0.rdf';
    $rss = fetch_rss($url);

    echo "Site: ", $rss->channel['title'], "

    foreach ($rss->items as $item ) {
    $title = $item[title];
    $url = $item[link];
    echo "<a href=$url>$title</a>



    Looks like it's a start to me. There's more explanation at the site.

    Yeah I think search engines would like RSS forums. They'd be super content rich. And then if a lot of people link to the forum from their sites, the site would probably have an amazing Google PageRank.

    Haha, so some one does like my blog! :)
  15. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    LOL, I downloaded Magpies from SF the other night. Actually I have 7 Zips on my Desktop that deal with RSS. Just haven't had the time to fool with them yet.

    I have no idea why I like playing with this stuff as much as I do.... :eek:
  16. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    :shock: ? [booze] ? [loco] ? [dunno] ---

    Now where the sam hill did that weird code come from?
  17. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

  18. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    the "dunno" smilie has been screwed up for 5 months now. I have no idea why it does that... Try o put in the word "union" and make it stick....
  19. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

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