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Hey everyone,

You can now subscribe to a topic or a whole forum via RSS. The RSS link is below the "Support" and "Search" links on your message boards.

It's a beta feature and some bugs might still be there.

To access content with restricted access (private forums, etc), your RSS reader must support cookie-based authentication, Opera, IE and Firefox are reported to work.

When subscribing to a whole forum, the RSS feed will contain any recent post in that forum, regardless of the topic.


Feel free to post here if you find a bug or something.

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Re: RSS feeds


That's cool Thor.

I just noticed it on my board and came here to see if something has been announced about it emoticon

Only problem is that I have images instead of text in the support and search fields, so the RSS text doesn't sit properly on my board.

Where is the control for the RSS feed text if I wanna replace it with an image and align it to suit my board layout?

EDIT: Found it in Custom Language Set and replaced it with an image. All working fine now and looks cool emoticon

I need to do a bit of reading about RSS, I've seen it a lot but never understood what it is meant to be used for emoticon

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Re: RSS feeds


Popping in quickly with limited time:


IE users:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/IE/ie7/tour/rss/how.html

Don't go into the "Favorites" menu to retrieve the feed. There should be a "Favorites" button with a star next to the word. From there, look for the "Feeds" tab.


Firefox users:

http://johnbokma.com/firefox/rss-and-live-bookmarks.html

I didn't see Live Bookmarks on my Firefox, so I'm using the "NewsFox" add-on Rick suggested and it's working great. emoticon


I'll elaborate more on these browsers and/or add others later, if needed.


Nov 26, 2009 edit:

Video tutorials on RSS feeds:

If you use Internet Explorer:





Using Live Bookmarks in Firefox:





If it doesn't work as expected:

Firefox addon: NewsFox

When I click on the RSS link or icon in Firefox, it gives me the option of using iGoogle or Google Reader instead of bringing up Live Bookmarks. I don't want to use Google for RSS and haven't found a way to stop this behavior yet, so I have installed the Firefox addon NewsFox for now.

With NewsFox, I have found that I have to add the subscriptions manually, but it works. To add it manually, right-click on the "RSS" link and choose "Copy Link Location." In NewsFox, find the icon in the top left corner that looks like a page with a green plus on it. If you hover on it, it will say, "Add feed."

Paste the url into the box next to the orange RSS icon, then click the "ok" button. This will insert the feed url into your list of feeds. If you right-click on that feed, you can choose "Feed Options" and change the name of the feed there, next to the white and blue RSS icon.

To unsubscribe to a feed in NewsFox, you can highlight that feed and press the delete key on your keyboard, or click on the icon that looks like a page with a red minus on it. If you hover on that icon, it will say, "Delete feed."


Other news readers:

There are other news readers out there. You can google for some, and if anyone has a good one to recommend, feel free to post it here.

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Hmmm, Queeny's is not showing the RSS feed under my Support and Search... emoticon

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It will when you go to a topic listing Queeny.

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Oh.... emoticon Well, you have to admit. I'm constant! emoticon

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Re: RSS feeds


Customizing RSS links via the Custom Language Set

If you have already customized your RSS links, you will need to do it again in the near future.


The default for the Support link is currently:


   <a href="%1">Support</a><br />


The default for the Search link is currently:


   <a href="%1">Search</a><br />


However, the default for the RSS link is currently:


   RSS


To make those links consistent, Thor will change that to:


   <a href="%1">RSS</a><br />


This will require a little extra programming on Thor's part, which he expects to have done tomorrow.

After this is fixed, you will need to re-do any customizations you have already added for the RSS field of your Custom Language Set.


Addition to the RSS feature:

If you are using a modern browser, you may have noticed an RSS icon in the address field of your browser wherever an RSS feed is available. Clicking on that will have the same effect as clicking on the RSS link.

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Re: RSS feeds


I edited the 3rd post of this thread just now, to include more information on how to use RSS.

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Re: RSS feeds


RSS feeds are now available for whole boards. emoticon

I've been testing this for a few weeks, and it's been extremely helpful. emoticon

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