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Banshee
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:41 pm    Post subject:  PPM offers Unofficial News Forums for your mod!
Subject description: Get your news posts automatically spreaded in PPM in a forum dedicated for your mod.
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Hello everyone! As I've mentioned in the Happy 2016, from PPM! news post, we are looking to improve our community news coverage. And, in order to do that, we are offering a new service here:


The Unnoficial News Forum Hosting


-> What is it?

This is a service offered for mods that stands as a subforum that imports content from RSS feeds. Basically, PPM News Reporter will import your news posts twice a day, allowing members of this forum to discuss them here and your mod releases to be quickly promoted to through our frontpage and news tracker.

-> How does it work?

We will create a new category in our forums between Pre-Alpha Projects and Inactive Projects that will be called Community Projects. This category will have one subforum for each mod covered with the authorization of the mod leader. Twice a day, our server will fetch information from the RSS feeds related to each mod, adapting their content as new topics in the forums. It works in a similar way as seen at VXLSE III's SVN News Feeds. The mod leader will be able to moderate the forums, post news of his(her) own if (s)he desires to do so and edit the posts from the news bot. Forum members will be able to post replies and discuss the news, but they won't post new topics there.

-> What are the requirements?

Your mod needs to have at least one RSS feed and it needs to be approved by me. ModDB offers a couple of RSS feeds by default. Revora may export forum contents as RSS if you request the administrators there. Most new IPB forums may export RSS feeds, etc...

-> Why is it good for mods?

It catches a new public in a quite quick way with little to no effort at all (since the news posts will be here automatically). Posts with mod releases might be promoted to our frontpage. Our news tracker will also catch news about your mod. It will also be good to make PPM more active.

-> Is it open to every project?

Technically yes, although we will start slow. Converting RSS feeds for phpBB's BB code and bringing external news into PPM forums requires some adaptation and constant attention. We'll have a RSS feed in our end that will convert your RSS feed into something that will be appropriate to this place. So, that requires some effort from my end (not yours). This is why we are starting slowly, being tempted to priorize projects that are more popular in first place.

- How do I get an unofficial news forum for my project?

Post a reply in this news post asking for an unofficial news forum for your project and we'll discuss everything else with private messages.

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Graion Dilach
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this will work with the ModDB articles RSS feed then damn this sounds interesting - asin interesting enough that I guess I'd apply for one even.
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Banshee
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it works with ModDB RSS feeds. ModDB only writes the summary in their RSS feeds and not the whole news post content, however, there is a trick that may catch the whole news content as long as they do not change their site layout... but that demands some work and analysis.

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Phrohdoh
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Banshee what are you using for scraping?
Hopefully BeautifulSoup4 and/or Scrapy.

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Banshee
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use SimplePie to aid me to manipulate RSS feeds and everything else is done by my own code.

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Banshee
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graion Dilach wrote:
If this will work with the ModDB articles RSS feed then damn this sounds interesting - asin interesting enough that I guess I'd apply for one even.


Yes, I've finished a script that converts news posts from ModDB to a BB code compatible with PPM forums. And I've made a sample with your mod. At the moment, it should covers bold, underline, italic, quote (not tested), list, img, url, youtube, moddb videos, center, h1, h2 and h3.

So, PM me the description of your mod news forum and I also want to know a couple of things:

1) Would you prefer to see the posts being posted by the PPM News Reporter bot or by your own account?

2) Do you want every post to link the original moddb post in the end of the post or not? It seems to be more appropriate when using PPM News Reporter to post the news.

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Banshee
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Attacque Supérior News Forum is online now. Check it out!

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Graion Dilach
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Community Project News group is still hidden though. #Tongue

But yay, linking a public forum in a hidden forum works. Very Happy
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Banshee
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was hidden only for registered users. Guests could see it Laughing. Anyway, I've fixed it now and everyone can see it.

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Matthias M.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great idea! We have http://www.openra.net/news/atom as well as http://rss.moddb.com/games/openra/articles/feed/rss.xml which shouldn't bee too spammy as they are mostly used for release announcements. Setting them up might really safe us a lot of work reposting things in the forums by manually converting to BBCode.

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Banshee
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, PM me the description of the OpenRA news forum and I'll setup it (using the ModDB feed).

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Matthias M.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not very creative. How about just "OpenRA News"?

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Banshee
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Errr... I'll create a proper forum description and add your forum soon.

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Banshee
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've created a forum for it, in the Community News Project. Only you (Matthias M.) can see it at this moment. Except for the latest news which used an unexpected iframe (I've edited the post, replacing the iframe with a picture that does the same thing), it could import everything else correctly. I'm waiting a couple of hours until it becomes public, just to ensure that no duplicated news will be imported.

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Graion Dilach
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't mind me banging into that, but sure OpenRA should be in the Community News? Why can't the end result be a subforum of the OpenRA Editing Boards?
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Banshee
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have a good point. That would really be better.

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Banshee
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update: Considering that nothing wrong happened to the posts of OpenRA's news forum, I've followed Graion's suggestion and it is now online at the OpenRA Editing forums.

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Matthias M.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Can you add xanax as moderator there as well?

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Banshee
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, it's done.

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Graion Dilach
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently this went a bit bad with OpenRA since ModDB mirrors mod news on their respective games' site as well... Embarassed
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Banshee
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, I've noticed. Any suggestions on how to deal with it?

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Graion Dilach
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could use the OpenRA developers RSS feed instead of the OpenRA feed to prevent picking up mod news. http://rss.moddb.com/company/openra-developers/articles/feed/rss.xml
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Banshee
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, it's done. Smile

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