Suggestion: "New fight" notification e-mail

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Is a "new fight" notification e-mail a cool idea?

Poll ended at Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:48 am

I like it, I like it!
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63%
I don't care cuz I wouldn't use it.
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No votes
I hate it, I hate it!
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13%
WTF!?! You really like these damned polls, dontcha?
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25%
 
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Suggestion: "New fight" notification e-mail

Postby Wages » Sat Mar 17, 2007 7:48 am

The forums automatically send an e-mail when a new message is posted to a topic one is following. Is there any reason why we couldn't have some sort of notification when there is a new fight title posted? One easy way to do it would be to have a single "administrator posts only" forum or topic. Admins would post the new song titles in that forum solely so that people will get that notification e-mail. Alternately to avoid tying in to the forums, someone could easily set up a PHP script to send a notification whenever a new title is posted. Then fighters could signup for the notification if they want it.

Just some thoughts. I've been having a lot of ideas this week. Don't know why....
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:05 am

I like anything that makes my life easier, but I have no idea if this is a pain for the Admin here.
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Postby Lunkhead » Sat Mar 17, 2007 1:28 pm

If the FMs were interested in doing something like that, doing it with a thread on the boards seem like the least effort route. People could opt in and out without the FMs having to run or manage a mailing list. If that were available I'd sign up, but I'm OK without it.
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Postby blue » Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:18 pm

why dont you get a mailserv account somewhere and start a new fight notify list?
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Postby Wages » Sat Mar 17, 2007 3:53 pm

Lunkhead wrote:If the FMs were interested in doing something like that, doing it with a thread on the boards seem like the least effort route. People could opt in and out without the FMs having to run or manage a mailing list. If that were available I'd sign up, but I'm OK without it.


Exactly! It would be as easy as copying and pasting the exact same message from the "pre-fight" threads into the "Song posted!" thread. Someone could even volunteer to admin that topic (if that functionality is available).
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Postby roymond » Sat Mar 17, 2007 4:12 pm

Well, if there was a new title for the weekend I'd get busy while I had a guitar available. Otherwise it's the hotel room instrument set only...[hint hint]
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Mar 17, 2007 7:04 pm

roymond wrote:Well, if there was a new title for the weekend I'd get busy while I had a guitar available. Otherwise it's the hotel room instrument set only...[hint hint]

Your Weeeener?
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Postby fluffy » Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:07 pm

One of the best notification strategies on the Internet these days is RSS, which is a lot easier for everyone to deal with.

RSS feeds are also (in certain contexts) called podcasts.

What you do with this information is up to you.
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:42 pm

Question: What the Doctor puts on your pod if you break it...

fluffy wrote:podcasts.
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Postby blue » Sat Mar 17, 2007 10:20 pm

fluffy wrote:One of the best notification strategies on the Internet these days is RSS, which is a lot easier for everyone to deal with.

RSS feeds are also (in certain contexts) called podcasts.

What you do with this information is up to you.


this is a fine point.
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Postby Lunkhead » Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:04 am

Surely PHPBB provides RSS feeds of threads? If it doesn't, that sucks.
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Postby fluffy » Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:01 pm

There are mods for it(*) but my point was that we already have a podcast which is updated when a new fight goes up, which is usually at about the same time as the title. So if you just use any old RSS reader and point it at the songfight podcast, instant notifications.

Ironically I didn't have notification enabled on this thread so I didn't think to check up on it.

* I don't really like comment RSS feeds. It's a just management hassle, and current readers aren't smart enough to only request things which are likely to have changed and so after a while you end up with a whole bunch of RSS readers constantly pinging every thread on a forum. Not very scalable.
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Postby Wages » Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:19 pm

I started using the podcasts with iTunes. Works great. Thanks!
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Postby MintyHandy » Fri May 18, 2007 11:55 pm

Or you could be really clever (and annoy your wonderful songfight hosts) by running a cronjob that pulls a copy of the front page every hour or so, and when it detects a change in the songfight title area, you get an email.

I don't do this for songfight, but I've done it (with a 30-second polling interval) when concert ticket availability was being announced on a website) with success.
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Postby jb » Sat May 19, 2007 5:39 am

or you could be smart about it and have your cron job just ask the server for the "last modified date" of the front page.
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Postby signboy » Sat May 19, 2007 12:25 pm

a) the podcasts work great, download ridiculously fast, and can be set to
play the songfight when the songs are downloaded. (like an alarm!)
2. It's kind of funny watching everybody hang around on SF! when they
think the next fight is about to be posted.
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Postby fluffy » Sat May 26, 2007 12:02 am

jb wrote:or you could be smart about it and have your cron job just ask the server for the "last modified date" of the front page.

That won't work since php always uses 'right now' as the modify date unless you specifically override it in the script.

Also the front page has random content ordering so you can't just look at the diff of the file.

It's really best to just poll the RSS feed.

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