Comment 4T5HC Re: Feed question


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Egg, bacon and Spam (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2019-02-20 01:36 (#49FR0)

Agreed. A great deal of effort is required to mangle many of the user submissions we've received into something that is high enough quality and worthy of being published. Of course, the hundreds of stories already published by evilviper/zafiro17/etc set a rather high bar of quality. :)

Over 5 years ago, a growing rift in the green site set in motion a movement for a "better" news for nerds site. The result was not only a split into the new red and blue sites, but also reforms in the original site as well. The feared "beta" was shelved and calmer heads prevailed throughout. Although some rumors have suggested that Pipedot is dead, and I can hardly blame them, there simply doesn't need to be so many forks of the same thing. As for product differentiation, we still have plenty of technical features the others do not (editable comments!) but other features that we pioneered (colorized new vs old comments) have even made it into the others. Rest assured, if the other sites decide to self-destruct again, we will be waiting; this time with an easier turnaround. As an abandoned user of iGoggle and Reader, I'm still a huge fan of the RSS features of Pipedot and still use it daily. Others have suggested that other site features, like the internal mail system, could be expanded to include full web-email abilities - which may still be explored in the future. Suggestions for improvements are welcome!

As always, if an enterprising individual wants to step up and help as an additional editor or help in other ways, send me a message.

Re: Egg, bacon and Spam (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2019-05-10 03:11 (#4EV2E)

I also like your RSS / Feed view and use it constantly, thank you for keeping this available!

Had to stop and think for a minute, which is the "red site"...because I read SoylentNews in VT100 mode, green text on black background, very easy on my old eyes.
If you get in the mood for further updates here, some other color schemes/themes might be a worthwhile addition?

Feed question (Score: 1)

by on 2019-10-24 16:31 (#4T4CX)

I continue to enjoy your Feed page, but lately I've noticed that the feed from The Guardian (news) seems to have stalled -- the same items/links have been listed for a week or more. Clicking on the header of the "feed-box" gets me to the main Guardian page. Other Feeds like XKCD work fine.

Any idea what is going on? Has Guardian changed their RSS source?
Thanks again!

Re: Feed question (Score: 1)

by on 2019-10-25 01:58 (#4T5HC)

A misbehaving set of feeds (raw weather data) was taking too much time and caused some of the other feeds to miss their updates. When I coded the feeds, I never really considered raw weather data would be used as an RSS stream. Every time the feed updates, the system would generate a new permanent article with the current temperature. Some of the weather feeds racked up millions of ephemeral and rather worthless articles. For now, I've deleted a big chunk of these and unclogged the updates.

In the future, I will probably need to come up with a more elegant solution to showing weather information. With some of the other sites (like iGoogle), you could add a "weather widget" that showed a better summary of current conditions than an RSS feed.

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