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Old 12-01-2004, 04:06 PM   #1
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Lightbulb vbulletin reader/plugins/hacks

I'm really starting to get disatisfied with using a web browser to read the forum, whilst it's fine for most forums, for a high-traffic site like this it just falls flat on it's face.

What I'm looking for is some way of having threads either delievered via some kinda of rss system (the current central one is just too lagged for me, and doesn't update very often) or some way I can have threads downloaded to my 'box' where I can then filter (pre-filtering preferred) them and read then and reply. ("replying" could just be it spouting a link to the reply page to my browser).

What I'm really looking for is a way to filter out messages, there are a LOT of messages that I overlook because I'm scrolling too fast past threads I wish I could have just filtered out.

I don't know how possible much if any this is, be it from hacking the search function to operate how I want, (and then manipulating this via a firefox plugin or something), from being able to "filter" threads via the forum.

basic features I wish:

Being able to filter out certain forums from the "see new posts" search
Being able to flag threads as ignored (can vbulletin do this already? I just don't want to keep "hitting" resolved problems)
Having threads I've replied to already filter their way to the top of the search results.

Whether I'd have to constantly get data from the server (which I don't really have the disk space to do, if I'd have to rsync every thread).and then filter it client side with grep scripts and stuff, or somehow there's a plugin or browser out there with some "affinity" to vbulletin, or some way I can aggregate my own rss stuff, anything that can do this stuff I'd be welcome to hear your thoughts.

So, does anyone know of such a plugin or do you have your own scripts to ease forum browsing?
Old 12-01-2004, 04:36 PM   #2
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This is an issue that I'd like to get as much feedback as possible on:

- What about the current system most bothers you?
- What would make it easier for you to use LQ?
- What would make it easier for you to answer question on LQ?


Old 12-01-2004, 08:03 PM   #3
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  1. I don't know about others, but I think this site is much better and easier to browse than forums built with the newer version of vBulletin, probably because of the way threads are organized/displayed. Probably that's just my opinion.
  2. One feature that would make LQ easier to use would be to be able to allow thread starters and moderators to tag threads as [SOLVED] rather than close a thread, because putting the [SOLVED] in front of the thread title will allow people to skip threads that already have answers.
  3. At present, I don't think there are any problems. One thing is that we can have RSS feeds for individual forums which might help people who have special areas of knowledge and interest to focus more on their area of strength without having to look at questions in other forums.
Old 12-04-2004, 07:10 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick reply jeremy, although really I'm looking for a client-side solution to things, the way linuxquestions is set up is great (apart from the birthdays thing, which must use an incredible amount of server resources and wastes a load of screen space ).

Most things I want are very personal and should be done on the client side, I think I'm just trying to push too much out of a forum, at the moment I'm hacking aruond with the search trying to get it to do as much as possible, although I'm struggling with getting it to both search for new posts and markasread in the same action, does anyone know if it's possible to have 2 different "action=" in the php parameters?
Also it's possible to search a particular forum in the search, does anyone know if I can somehow use boolean or a different parameter to filter out forums instead of filtering in?


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