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I think [[About/Website|MediaWiki's]] default syndication feed support is pretty suboptimal for normal viewing.  It's just raw diffs of the page changes, which is hard to read, it ignores all formating and just gives you wikitext, and it has tons of crap in it you don't care about if you just want to read the site.  It just isn't what you want for reading.<ref>If you really want to try the raw MediaWiki feeds, here you go: [http://chrishecker.com/index.php?title=Special:Recentchanges&feed=rss rss] [http://chrishecker.com/index.php?title=Special:Recentchanges&feed=atom atom]
I think [[About/Website|MediaWiki's]] default syndication feed support is pretty suboptimal for normal viewing.  It's just hard-to-read raw diffs of the page changes, it ignores all formating and just gives you wikitext, and it has tons of crap in it you don't care about if you just want to read the site.  It just isn't what you want for reading.<ref>If you really want to try the raw MediaWiki feeds, here you go: [http://chrishecker.com/index.php?title=Special:Recentchanges&feed=rss rss] [http://chrishecker.com/index.php?title=Special:Recentchanges&feed=atom atom]
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So, I installed [http://wiki.case.edu/User:Gregory.Szorc Gregory Szorc's] nice [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiFeeds WikiFeeds] extension and made some minor changes myself.  It provides much better and more pleasant syndication, and it reads like a blog feed, basically, which is nice.  Here are some useful feeds for this site:
So, I installed [http://wiki.case.edu/User:Gregory.Szorc Gregory Szorc's] nice [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiFeeds WikiFeeds] extension and made some changes to it myself.  It provides much better and more pleasant syndication, and it reads like a blog feed, basically, which is nice.   
 
One thing that is different about [[About/Website|my site]] when compared to a blog is that I'm not only adding new articles, but I'm also updating old articles with information, so a simple feed of the newest pages is not the most useful view of the changes.  So, I recommend subscribing to the recent changes feed, which will include major page creations and edits:


* Recent Changes: [http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/rss/recentarticlechanges rss] [http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/atom/recentarticlechanges atom]
* Recent Changes: [http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/rss/recentarticlechanges rss] [http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/atom/recentarticlechanges atom]
* Recent [[Rants]]: [http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/rss/recentcategorychanges/category/Rants/namespace/-1 rss] [http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/atom/recentcategorychanges/category/Rants/namespace/-1 atom]<br><small>''(look at those URLs to see how to select your own categories)''</small>
* Newest Articles: [http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/rss/newestarticles rss] [http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/atom/newestarticles atom]


If none of those suit you, then you can learn how to make your own custom ones at [[Special:WikiFeeds]].
You can see how to construct other specialized feeds on the [[Special:WikiFeeds|WikiFeeds page]].  For example, you might want a feed just for the Opinions category ([http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/rss/recentcategorychanges/category/Opinions/namespace/-1 rss] [http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/atom/recentcategorychanges/category/Opinions/namespace/-1 atom]), or you could be a masochist and you really want a feed for every minor change I make ([http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/atom/recentarticlechanges/ignoreminor/0/dedupe/0 rss] [http://chrishecker.com/Special:WikiFeeds/atom/recentarticlechanges/ignoreminor/0/dedupe/0 atom]).


=== Watch for Changes ===
=== Twitter ===


You can also just watch the [[Recent Changes]] page or the [[Homepage]], both of which have a nice list of timestamped changes, if you don't dig on the syndication thing.
Sigh, I finally gave in and started using my [http://twitter.com/checker Twitter account].  I'll announce new articles there as well.


=== Subscribe ===
=== Subscribe ===


And finally, since I don't like feeds much myself, I'm going to set up a mailing list that I will send out new articles when I write them.  Personally, I like getting a mail reminder so I don't have to check the site or a feed reader.  I will exercise editorial control over when I think something is important enough to send out to the list, while the feeds above catch all changes.<ref>I never remember to hit the ''Minor Edit'' checkbox when submitting changes, so I'm afraid the feeds will be less useful than they could be.</ref>
Since I don't like feeds much myself, I've set up a mailing list that I send out notification of substantial changes and new articles, and maybe the full article text, when I write them.  Personally, I like getting a mail reminder so I don't have to check the site or a feed reader.  I will make a judgement call to determine when I think something is important enough to send out to the list.
 
* Announcement mailing list: [http://chrishecker.com/mailman/listinfo/announce subscribe]
 
=== Watch for Changes ===
 
And finally, you can just manually watch the [[Recent Changes]] page or the [[Homepage]], both of which have a nice list of timestamped changes, if you don't dig on the syndication or mailing list thing.


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Latest revision as of 04:18, 23 March 2010

Syndicate

I think MediaWiki's default syndication feed support is pretty suboptimal for normal viewing. It's just hard-to-read raw diffs of the page changes, it ignores all formating and just gives you wikitext, and it has tons of crap in it you don't care about if you just want to read the site. It just isn't what you want for reading.[1]

So, I installed Gregory Szorc's nice WikiFeeds extension and made some changes to it myself. It provides much better and more pleasant syndication, and it reads like a blog feed, basically, which is nice.

One thing that is different about my site when compared to a blog is that I'm not only adding new articles, but I'm also updating old articles with information, so a simple feed of the newest pages is not the most useful view of the changes. So, I recommend subscribing to the recent changes feed, which will include major page creations and edits:

You can see how to construct other specialized feeds on the WikiFeeds page. For example, you might want a feed just for the Opinions category (rss atom), or you could be a masochist and you really want a feed for every minor change I make (rss atom).

Twitter

Sigh, I finally gave in and started using my Twitter account. I'll announce new articles there as well.

Subscribe

Since I don't like feeds much myself, I've set up a mailing list that I send out notification of substantial changes and new articles, and maybe the full article text, when I write them. Personally, I like getting a mail reminder so I don't have to check the site or a feed reader. I will make a judgement call to determine when I think something is important enough to send out to the list.

Watch for Changes

And finally, you can just manually watch the Recent Changes page or the Homepage, both of which have a nice list of timestamped changes, if you don't dig on the syndication or mailing list thing.

  1. If you really want to try the raw MediaWiki feeds, here you go: rss atom