Monitoring a forum for new posts

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    Paul Hirst
    Paul Hirst
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    The drforum doesn’t currently have the option to get email notifications of new posts in a forum. You can get email notifications of replies to your posts, but not currently of new topics.

    To work around this, I threw together a quick-and-dirty python script to notify me of new of new topics. It’s a quick hack job rather than an elegant piece of code, but it works for me and I thought I’d post it here in case it’s useful. It’s in python and if you call it from cron on a unix-like system something like once per day or once per hour, then you’ll get a simple email (via cron itself emailing you the standard output of the cron job) notifying you there was a new post. The forum name is to monitor is hardwired in there – you’ll need to edit it to your taste.

    Cheers,
    Paul.

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    admin
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    So every forum has a subscribe/unsubscribe link located in the breadcrumb: Home > Forums > Forum Name > Subscribe

    I have attached a screenshot showing the link.

    Also, if you want, you can subscribe to the rss feed of a forum by adding /rss to the url of any forum.

    So for example, this forums URL is:

    http://drforum.gemini.edu/forums/uncategorized

    if I add /rss to the end:

    http://drforum.gemini.edu/forums/uncategorized/rss

    I get a nice rss feed that can be subscribed to.

    – Jared

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    Paul Hirst
    Paul Hirst
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    Does “Subscribing” actually get you an email notification now? It didn’t last time I tried it, but that’s a while ago now…

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