Replies and RSS feeds

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I rely on the RSS feed to notify me of new posts. Can you add replies to the RSS feeds as well, pretty please?

Email notification does not work well for me. I get way too much email, so I don't want to get all notifications sent to me, and I never remember to subscribe to individual threads.

Cordially, David
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I agree, I just added the RSS feed and I love how it tells me when new threads start... but it could be better. Megan, any ideas? JeevesBond?

I think that this would be a cool way for it to work:
-each person has their own RSS customizable feed (something like feed.php?id=[userid])
-not only can they add different topics to watch for new threads, but it also...
-auto adds any threads to which the user has posted a comment/reply

So, basically the same way the email system is SUPPOSED to work (but still doesn't for me)... but in RSS form.

This would be pretty easy to code, I would think... but there also has to be something built into vBulletin somewhere...

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Kyle wrote: -each person has their own RSS customizable feed (something like feed.php?id=[userid])
-not only can they add different topics to watch for new threads, but it also...
-auto adds any threads to which the user has posted a comment/reply

I've found a module that will do what you are asking for: almost. Every thread a users subscribes to is a new feed, this makes sense as it's really the aggregators job to organise feeds (in my opinion).

Now for the bad news: you're going to have to wait for a bit. The module is for Drupal, which is going to be our new forum platform (see 'Why Drupal Sucks', also using one platform is easier than two). I'll put this on the to-do list for after we've moved to Drupal. Smiling

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I did look at the vBulletin options, it's basically RSS On or RSS Off. No configuration, not that it matters too much. vBulletin sucks. Wink

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Well... that's good, I guess. How long until the move to Drupal? Do you need any help? I've played with drupal a few times over the years, and from what I remember, installing it sucks! haha Wink

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Kyle wrote: I've played with drupal a few times over the years, and from what I remember, installing it sucks! haha Wink

LOL, yeah it used to be like that! Having to import a SQL dump file manually into the database, how primitive! Laughing out loud

Nowadays though it's all wizards, just CHMOD the config.php to 777, create an empty database (with permissions for a drupal user of course) and point your browser at the site. Young-uns these days just don't know how easy they've got it! Errr, anyway as you can tell: installation of Drupal is a lot easier these days. Smiling

Kyle wrote: How long until the move to Drupal? Do you need any help?

Don't know. Maybe, but not just yet. Smiling

Some higher priority work is probably going to appear before I do the move, also haven't looked at how we're going to get all the features we need into the Drupal forum (functionality from Modules and such, the default is pretty basic in Drupal). Found an upgrade path a couple of weekends ago (sad things I spend my spare time on), we have to convert from vBulletin -> phpBB -> Drupal. I did a test run and it was mostly successful.

I'll give you a shout, or just post on the forums if am having problems or need any help. Thanks for the offer! Smiling

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Ok, no worries. If it were me, I would run it temporarily on a mirror (or subdomain), that way you can get everything tweaked and working... maybe even let people have access as a "beta" form if they want, to help work out the bugs?

Good luck, let me know. But hopefully it's soon! hahah

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Kyle wrote: If it were me, I would run it temporarily on a mirror (or subdomain), that way you can get everything tweaked and working... maybe even let people have access as a "beta" form if they want, to help work out the bugs?

Sounds like a good idea. We did something similar when Megan did a small re-design of the forums. Good idea to try a public beta, will keep everyone posted on that (no Web 2.0 Beta signs on this design though!)

First thing is to get the import routines working on my local machine! I hope it's soon™ too. Smiling

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