Pre-Made Scoops for our Regular Members
#1  Alexander Turcic 03-31-2004, 01:42 PM
We now have a beta section where our regular members (everyone with 20 or more posts) can download pre-made scoops in iSilo format (Plucker will follow).

These scoops are regularly updated (several times a day). The list of scoops is expanding, and currently includes: The Economist, Reuters, NZZ, The Inquirer. Team

#2  ignatz 03-31-2004, 01:57 PM
Alex, this looks really cool! How did you get the Economist scoop to work?! It looks great! Thanks for this service.

I would love to have a few NYTimes sections up here too, if possible. Maybe National, International,Technology, and Week in Review?

Fantastic work!

#3  Alexander Turcic 03-31-2004, 02:02 PM
Thanks for the compliments I will add those NYT sections; are your .site files ready or do we have to optimize them further?

#4  ignatz 03-31-2004, 02:14 PM
I never finished the final mods to the .site files because I couldn't figure out the proper implementation of the code. But for those sections they should work fine. The problem only arises in sections like Movies or Health where there are commonly articles older than 10 days. In the more "newsy" sections, there are never any posts that old, so there is no problem!

The only note that I would add is that my .site file is designed for one large scoop, containing all the sections a user would want. It is based on a local HTML file. So, if you plan to do it section-wise, you will simply have to have multiple html files, that each point to only one section, and a scoop for each of these sections. However, the rest of the .site file can probably stay the same, with the exception of the pointer to the HTML file. I could do these mods for you, if you like, but not until tomorrow...

#5  ignatz 03-31-2004, 02:17 PM
and how did you make the Economist scoop work?

#6  jasondv 03-31-2004, 02:26 PM
Cool, Alexander Thanks!

#7  Alexander Turcic 03-31-2004, 02:32 PM
Well, I used the same .site file Morpheus posted earlier. I only added images to it.

Then, I did some changes to the sitescooper itself. As recommended by stobs, I changed the default user agent to something like "Internet Explorer" to hide sitescooper. To do so, you must edit /lib/Sitescooper/

Find (around line 977)
PHP Code
  $self->{useragent}->agent ("sitescooper/$VERSION ($self->{home_url}) ".
and change it to
PHP Code
  $self->{useragent}->agent ("Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)"); 
That did the trick here at least.


#8  Alexander Turcic 03-31-2004, 02:34 PM
Quote ignatz
I could do these mods for you, if you like, but not until tomorrow...
Lemme think about it and the easiest way how we can do that.

#9  Tanker Bob 03-31-2004, 02:50 PM
FoxNews scoups would be great. These are a nice touch.

#10  gyffes 03-31-2004, 03:11 PM
Fox News? Don't you mean, White House State News Service?

Alex, any chance you can set up something like this for Mobipocket? I prefer reading news in landscape mode.

As always, thank you for your work on our behalf.

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