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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 4:00 pm    Post subject: Sports News Forum Reply with quote

As many of you may have noticed, we have today added a Sports News Forum.

We hope that this will help give our more regular visitors a situation where there is always something to comment on, even on the quieter days!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a couple of technical questions. Should I ask here or I should ask in Aardvark Business Forum?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anywhere you like... Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, since all Aardvark forums implemented this, I just asked about it here.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK... I'll go take a look.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a huge fan of this feature on AB but it makes even less sense on AS. If you could get cricket news into the cricket forum it might help it but at the moment it seems a bit of a pickle.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We could do something like that but I'm a little hesitant about flooding every forum with news. I'd prefer to keep in centralised even if it's a little sorted. Our main problem, I think, just now is that we're getting too great a flow of the stuff... stories are firing through at a rate of knots and it's not really giving people much chance to comment as each story just flies by. We are working on trying to reduce the amount that comes through on each of the boards so as to make this a more useful feature.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For now, we have reduced the number of feeds so the sports news is pulled only from the BBC and ESPN, and we'll see if that makes the content level more manageable.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Generally I like the idea. I just think that the number needs to be controlled. I also think that the topic needs to be controlled. I'll be implementing this as well, so perhaps we can exchange some ideas in AB as we experiment more ...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure... be happy to discuss it further. I too think it can be an asset for a forum otherwise we wouldn't be implementing it, but at the same time it'd be easy to get wrong. It's all about finding the right balance, I think.

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PS - This is post number 10,000...!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PS - This is post number 10,000...!

Congratulations!

First round of questions.

phpBB news feed mod question: # of news articles
phpBB news feed mod question: source
phpBB news feed mod question: permission
phpBB news feed mod question: duplicate
phpBB news feed mod question: topics anywhere
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm personally in favour of news articles being published but feel that automated feeds such as this one lose out on any human editing. Whereas an expert on cricket might post relevant articles on cricket stories your bot will simply post all articles on cricket.

A case of quantity vs quality perhaps?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm personally in favour of news articles being published ...

Who writes these articles?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:37 am    Post subject: And a couple of more questions ... Reply with quote

phpBB RSS news feed mod question: Length of the feed
phpBB RSS news feed mod question: Breaking news
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

adigaskell wrote:
I'm personally in favour of news articles being published but feel that automated feeds such as this one lose out on any human editing. Whereas an expert on cricket might post relevant articles on cricket stories your bot will simply post all articles on cricket.


Agreed. And there is still a place for humans to post articles in each respective forum. The new news forum is designed to replace that.

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A case of quantity vs quality perhaps?


Agreed also. And I'm hoping we've address that balance with our latest tweaks. The next few days should tell us whether we have or haven't. Smile

Keep the questions on AB coming... you're writing them about as fast as we can answer! Laughing

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