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request: add watchlist to possible TP frontpage content

Travel Forums System Talk request: add watchlist to possible TP frontpage content

1. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

I noticed that the Travel guide watch list cannot be added to my personalised TP frontpage. It would be really convenient if it could.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

That's a good idea! Any more 'taglets' as we call them that anyone wants added? How about off site content? Would you like to be able to include some more popular information from other sites on your customized home page? Been thinking about weather/news etc. but not really sure if anyone will use it

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 8y

Quoting Sam I Am

How about off site content? Would you like to be able to include some more popular information from other sites on your customized home page? Been thinking about weather/news etc. but not really sure if anyone will use it

Maybe just create a generalized feed reader taglet which can be added multiple times, each with a distinct feed? That way you could also follow specific travellerspoint blogs right from the front page. (Or are feeds still too difficult for non techie people to grok?)
Probably worth noting that input validation/feed parsing could be a massive headache though, as each feed is completely untrusted content, and especially with RSS feeds you basically have to guess at how content is encoded (or you could be radical and only allow Atom feeds; no one 'should' be creating RSS feeds in this day and age anymore anyway (ah, if only...)).

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting bentivogli

I noticed that the Travel guide watch list cannot be added to my personalised TP frontpage. It would be really convenient if it could.

I've just added the option to add your personal travel guide watchlist to the homepage you see when you've logged in. You'll find it listed as 'My Wiki Watchlist'. I actually assumed this was the one you intended, but looking over this post am wondering if you actually meant the general watchlist for all changes?? Also, what do you think of how long this ends up being? I originally had it even longer as it was pulling in the last 20 changes, but with all the extra information it still ends up quite a long list with only 10 entries. Ditching the day as a header would cut back the length quite considerably although make it slightly less readable. Alternatively, it could only show the last 5 changes?

Sander, I've thought about going down the xml feed route. But from what I can see on the subscription data for TP feeds, it's just not really something a lot of people use (yet)....

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 8y

Yeah, I feared so.
Could I put in a request then for a taglet of just the updates to the official travellerspoint blog?

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Sam I Am

I actually assumed this was the one you intended, but looking over this post am wondering if you actually meant the general watchlist for all changes??

I've gone ahead and added this one too while I was at it :)

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

Yeah, I feared so.
Could I put in a request then for a taglet of just the updates to the official travellerspoint blog?

Phew, all that work for just the one blog that isn't even updated that often :( I'll play around with a feed reader type solution instead I think

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 8y

Well, if it's limited to just the one blog, you don't need go feed parsing but can just pull the content from DB; should be copy/paste from "my latest blog entries", with an even simpler query as this is just a single blog (blogid hardcoded), rather than all blogs by a single user.
Basically I'm just too lazy to visit blog.travellerspoint.com frequently and would love to have that on the travellerspoint homepage. (And yeah, I really need to start using a feed reader myself, but I'm holding out for SeaMonkey to get one so I can dogfood that.)

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 4, 2008, at 7:20 AM by Sander ]