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Viewed 75 Time(s)] Scroll To Top Of Page Direct Link to this Post Posted On: 5/15/17 10:24 AM

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New I have put together a very quick (and minuscule) RSS Feed for the site. This should work with any RSS Reader/App on the market, though if you have any trouble let me know. If you are using a browser with built in RSS detection, the code should be in place so that your browser will automatically detect the feed (though I am honestly not sure if any browsers even do that anymore). Otherwise, you can click the link at the top and bottom of the page with the Social Media links, or click bellow:

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So far, all Android based RSS Reader apps I have tried work with simply adding 'http://www.distantweb.net' to the URL, but if that does not work then 'http://www.distantweb.net/rss.php' will. I have added one for Scrub Radio as well.

Right now, all that gets added will be the last 5 Blogs, and the last 5 publicly accessible Forum Topics. As far as I can tell, there is NO way to authenticate a user when using a non-web browser app/reader, so there is no way that these will be fully customizable by the user.

The code I am using does attempt to pull permissions from a user session (as in when you are logged into the site) so that topics can get pulled from Forums that you have permission to view, but this will ONLY work if you are using an actual web browser. Because of this, I do not know how much work I will even put into this, so any feedback would be appreciated.

As of this post, I have only provided the straight XML format for the RSS Feed. So your viewing experience will be based completely by what device you use. Some browsers/readers will do their own formatting for you, others, like Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or even Firefox for Android, will show you the raw XML. I will look into using RSS Stylesheets to format them, but my research has been a bit of a mixed bag with whether or not to even use them; some strongly advise against using stylesheets of any kind on RSS Feeds.

Anyway, that is about all I have to say right now. Because of the limitations on user sessions, I feel like there's not much use in putting too much time or effort into this; if I cannot fully customize the experience for each individual user, why bother?

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to let me know.
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Male DistantWords

DistantWords
Born: May, 4, 1977 (41)
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Last Activity: Jun 18, 2018
Location: Monroe, NC
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Blogs: 9
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New This is a bit of an update here. I have been working on the Site RSS Feeds, and you can now subscribe to RSS feeds for any member, or any forum that allows posts. At the moment, anywhere that has a member's 'Social Media' links, typically under their avatar, you should see an icon for their RSS feed. For forums, the 'Navigation Bars' that show the link chain to any given forum should also contain RSS icons next to the forum names, if those forums can contain new posts.

I hope that makes sense, because right now my brain is a bit mushy having been coding like crazy all day.

Anyway, over all the RSS feeds still only pull blogs and forum topics, but I will work on a few other things as well, in time. A member's RSS will of course pull the last 10 blogs and forum topics from that member, and a forum RSS will pull the last 10 topics from that forum. On this site, neither are all that important at the moment. But if this site, for example, ever does gain some purpose, some people may only want to follow specific members, or specific forums, so this should be a good way to do that.

Unfortunately I have not crossed that hurdle for linking RSS feeds on dedicated RSS Readers to a member account, so that member could get a feed based on their member permissions. Unless someone can show me something I have yet to find, I don't think this will even be possible, which really stinks. But, it is what it is.

Anyway, in the future I hope to add 'Topic Replies' to the feeds, which could work as simply showing the latest replies in general, or subscribing to a specific topic and keep updated on that specific topic. I also may add something for polls, and possibly gallery photos, though the latter may not even serve a real purpose as far as I can tell.

So if you have any questions, suggestions or problems, please feel free to let me know!
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Male DistantWords

DistantWords
Born: May, 4, 1977 (41)
Group: Admin
Joined: Sep 2, 2013
Last Activity: Jun 18, 2018
Location: Monroe, NC
Forum Posts: 51
Blogs: 9
Gallery Photos: 76
Site Comments: 5
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New Ok, so I have done some more updating here. The Site RSS now tracks the last 10:

Blogs
Forum Topics
Topic Replies
Site Comments (blogs, polls,gallery photos, profiles)

Each member has their own RSS feed, and individual topics can be tracked.

That is all for now.
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