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RSS feeds
« on: October 20, 2008, 04:46:07 pm »
This forum software supports RSS feeds.  For those of you familiar with RSS, here is the synopsis.

optional Args:  &limit=[5-255]

I have mine set at 25 (for now) so my full URL for RSS is:;action=.xml&limit=25

Maybe I am slow, but that last piece, (the limit) required grepping through the smf tarball to find.  As said in Batman Returns, "[You may not understand all the jargon, but] I wanted you to appreciate how hard it was."  (Or maybe how hard I made it.)

Now, for the more significant info for any rss newbies.

RSS is an acronym for a number of different terms meaning about the same thing.  The most common today is 'Really Simple Syndication'.  RSS provides basically a Title and thumbnail about a given content page.  In the case of this site, the most recent posts to the site.

In order to make the most of RSS you need some kind of RSS reader.  There are a number out there.  Personally, I use live bookmarks in Firefox.  This allows me to put a drop-down list in my browser toolbar where I can see an updated list of the latest posts.

To accomplish this I click the RSS icon in the address bar (radio broadcast icon).  This opens the RSS feed, and presents me with the option to click a button to subscribe.  When I click the button, it asks me where I want the bookmark, and I choose "Bookmarks Toolbar".  The label then appears, and when I click on it I get a drop down list.

You can read more about RSS and firefox here.
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    Re: RSS feeds
    « Reply #1 on: October 20, 2008, 04:50:22 pm »
    This would be a good sticky for the Newbie section.

    Also, you need to fix that last link there brother.  ;)

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    Re: RSS feeds
    « Reply #2 on: October 20, 2008, 05:37:10 pm »
    Fixed.  (Some IT guy I appear to be :D)


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    Re: RSS feeds
    « Reply #3 on: October 20, 2008, 09:05:06 pm »
    I'm a big fan of Google Reader, and use it as my main home page for getting news.  All of the gun blogs I read, as well as others, I access primarily through RSS.  The bonus thing with Google Reader is that it acts as a proxy when I'm on my work network.  My employer uses a service that blocks "inappropriate" content, and both Ogre's site and Larry's blog are listed as Category: Weapons and blocked.  However, I can get to them via Google Reader just fine, except for images that it tries to load directly.  I just "star" those to go back to later when I'm on my own network.

    If you've been using the Feed43 RSS link for that George posted a while back, I'm the one who set that up.



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    Re: RSS feeds
    « Reply #4 on: October 21, 2008, 03:13:10 pm »
    I dug through the source some more and found some additional undocumented features.  These are relatively technical in nature, so unless you are familiar with urls and get variables, you may want to skip this.  The api is completely undocumented as far as I can tell.

    The feeds support rss, rss2, atom, rdf and smf (I suppose this might be an internal format).  The are via the action= variable.

    They support categories via c=[integer]

    They support specific board(s) via boards=[integer1,integer2]

    Perhaps there is an easier way to get the category integers or the boards integers, but right now all I can find is hover and peek at the URL in the status bar.

        General Category = 1
        Hardware = 2
        Training = 7
        Technicals = 9
        Politics = 4
        Other Stuff = 3
        Post Exchange = 6
        Tech Support = 8

            General Topics and Current Events = 1
        International Community = 61
        Legal Issues = 57
        Politics and Government = 58
        Newbie Questions = 42
        FBMG = 2 = 3
        Monster Hunter Nation = 34
        Weapons Section = 26
        Rifles = 4
        Battle Rifles = 50
        Precision Rifles = 51
        HandGuns = 6
        Semi-Auto = 52
        Revolvers = 53
        Scatterguns = 5
        Class III = 7
        Muzzleloaders = 9
        Airguns = 11
        Archery = 8
        Gear = 13
        Blades = 10
        Optics = 12
        Competition = 15
        Handgun Training = 37
        Rifle/Carbine Training = 38
        Long Range Rifle Training = 40
        Shotgun Training = 39
        FBMG Continuing Firearms Education = 43
        Prepared and Ready = 20
        Concealed Carry = 47
        Licensing = 48
        Legal Stuff to Know = 49
        Strategy and Tactics = 46
        Reloading and Handloading = 44
        Military Matters = 17
        Border Issues = 36
        Capitol Hill = 22
        2nd Amendment and RKBA = 24
        Everything Else = 25
        Hunting, Camping, and Fishing = 16
        Technology = 19
        Automotive = 18
        R & R = 21
        General For Sale = 33
        Firearms and NFA Items = 30
        Weapon Accessories = 31
        Tactical Equipment = 32
        FBMG Group Buys and Specials = 29
        FBMG Gunsmithing and Services = 35
        Tech Support = 41

    So, to get a feed in rss2 of just the last 25 Automotive posts;action=.xml&board=18&limit=25

    Or for the last 25 General Category posts in Atom format;action=.xml&c=1&limit=25

    The engine also accepts subactions for different types of info.  recent, news, members, profile.  These are via an sa= variable.  Haven't figured it completely out yet.;action=.xml&sa=members&limit=25

    pulls a list of members and the data of their last post (I think).



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