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Announcements => GMG News => Topic started by: mszczuj on May 11, 2012, 09:09:19 AM

Title: Links to recently discussed on GMG
Post by: mszczuj on May 11, 2012, 09:09:19 AM
I think they would be even graeter with additional links to discussions.
Title: Re: Links to RECENTLY DISCUSSED ON GMG
Post by: mc ukrneal on May 11, 2012, 09:15:33 AM
I think they would be even graeter with additional links to discussions.
Sorry - what is the 'they'?
Title: Re: Links to RECENTLY DISCUSSED ON GMG
Post by: mszczuj on May 11, 2012, 10:15:50 AM
Sorry - what is the 'they'?

Links to RECENTLY DISCUSSED ON GMG.
Title: Re: Links to RECENTLY DISCUSSED ON GMG
Post by: The new erato on May 11, 2012, 12:43:49 PM
This is really circular!
Title: Re: Links to RECENTLY DISCUSSED ON GMG
Post by: TheGSMoeller on May 11, 2012, 01:15:34 PM
Who's on first?
Title: Re: Links to RECENTLY DISCUSSED ON GMG
Post by: Sammy on May 11, 2012, 01:18:52 PM
Who's on first?

I am, and you better stay clear of my base until I steal 2nd.
Title: Re: Links to recently discussed on GMG
Post by: DavidW on May 11, 2012, 02:16:34 PM
I want to see that feature as well.  But Rob does too, as he posted on that other thread.  I think that he will make it happen in the future, but I don't think that it is supported on the current forum software.  For those that want to get what I'm talking about just look at the right column on mobile reads (http://www.mobileread.com/) as an example.  Many forums use this feature, but not enough do.
Title: Re: Links to recently discussed on GMG
Post by: Dungeon Master on May 12, 2012, 09:07:05 PM
The banner showing a random selection of recently discussed CDs is advertising on my part. It works via a script I wrote that scans the forum for recently added ASIN tags, and displays a random set of 4 as a banner on the top of the page. Clicking on the CD cover links to the Amazon page for that CD. Any sale that eventuates from clicking that link earns the forum a small amount of money.

To link to the actual forum post where that CD is discussed would require a rewrite of that script, and I'm not sure my limited programming abilities could manage it.

There is a list of all recent posts on the front page of the forum. If you hit the icon next to the Recent Posts text, you get a list of the most recent 100 posts on the forum.

You could search for the ASIN number of a particular CD you see in the banner by using the Search feature of the forum.

Hope this helps and clarifies.
Rob
Title: Re: Links to recently discussed on GMG
Post by: Dungeon Master on May 12, 2012, 09:17:17 PM
Here is a search tip for finding recently discussed CDs (those that use the Amazon ASIN tag).

Clck on the Search button on the main page. Type in "ASIN" without quotes. For Search Order, choose "most recent", and tick the box for "Show results as messages" and then search.

You should get a list of hundreds of the most recently added CDs that have been discussed, in the context of their thread. Click the thread to go to the post. Or click the CD image to go to Amazon.

Incidentally, my script uses exactly this technique to search, and then via a clever algorithm, strips away everything except for a list of ASIN numbers, which then go into a list that the banner uses to display selections.
Title: Re: Links to recently discussed on GMG
Post by: eyeresist on July 20, 2012, 12:09:58 AM
How "recent" is recent?

I wonder if the script could exclude the "What are you listening to?" thread, because I often see "recently" discussed records which were not discussed recently in the composer forums, for example. As it is, this function may in practice be a "recently listened to" function, which of course might have its own merits, but is not the same as "recently discussed".

Thanks for all your hard work, BTW :D
Title: Re: Links to recently discussed on GMG
Post by: Gurn Blanston on July 20, 2012, 03:25:18 AM
If you go to a particular 'Room' to do your search, it won't include WAYLT unless you do it in the 'General Music Discussion' room. So if you did a search in 'Great Recordings' you would probably get what you want... or not. :)

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