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Jhawkin

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Jeff Hawkins is a Web Guru, Tall Tale Tech Writer and Short Order Cook at Monster Highway Cafe! from Middletown, Va. (The Center of the Known Universe)
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Question: Ipb integration
Answer: provided by jhawkin 25 days ago
- 0 + What you need is the actual 'forum database user' name and the actual password (without the prefix) while the database name may need the prefix.

There may be a database connection php file in IPB that has that info for you as that's the way MySQL connections are done with PHP. And maybe it's in the IPB admin panel somewhere.
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Question: Removal Pligg promo "Pligg is an open source content management system ..."
Answer: provided by jhawkin 26 days ago
- 0 + I don't have a copy of 2.0.2 here but......

2.0.2 should be fairly close to 2.0.1 so.......

That text should be in this part of the Language file 'PLIGG_Visual_What_Is_Pligg_Text' and is being called by the meta template file as the site description. This is a Pligg standard from at least version 1.2.2.

There's not a lot of documentation on the meta template file but if you're serious about SEO, Some scripts, Geo Tags, Quantcast code, and customizing the meta tags this file is your friend!!!!

This file can also handle conditional calls for different meta tags and all the goodies you need to place ahead of the body tag. You'll see a conditional call used for the description meta and that's a great hint on how to do conditional calls in that file to meet your sites needs.

Hope this helps.

BTW: Don't give up on Pligg. It's a powerful 'Digg like' CMS and is super configurable once you figure out a few things. There's some great people helping out in the support area.

As far as giving Pligg a link or credit or whatever, You do what you wish there (unless I missed something in the GPL).

I have changed my Pligg around quite a bit yet you'll find a link to Pligg on each site. That was my decision as Pligg is an important part of my business.
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Question: Removal Pligg promo "Pligg is an open source content management system ..."
Answer: provided by jhawkin 26 days ago
- 0 + Oh, you're seeing that on Facebook. There is a 'persistence thing' that happens on Facebook when you share a previously shared link there.

If you'll overwrite that text once through Facebook's sharing input box editor it should then be okay. Or else it will hopefully pickup the new description text.

BTW: the meta file is also the place to put relative links to site images you'll want Facebook to use.
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Question: How to post without admin verification?
Answer: provided by jhawkin 27 days ago
- 0 + Could you be looking at the new or upcoming status of a story? Then manually publishing those stories?

Normally a new story is placed in new (or upcoming) and doesn't make it to published until a configurable number of users have up-voted the post.

If you'll set or insure 'Auto vote' is 'true' and 'Votes to publish' is set to 1 then all new stories should be published.

You can also run the story moderation module (mentioned in the earlier answer) to require admin approval if you're concerned about spam and unwanted posts. I find Akismet helps some and you might want Chuckroast's Abyss anti-spam module.

I hear the Story Moderation Module now allows certain users to bypass moderation. I have no experience with this setting but Story moderation and the anti-spam module is a life saver on my sites.

Finally, If you'll set or insure 'Auto vote' is 'true' and 'Votes to publish' is set to 2 then all new stories should require nothing more than for you as admin or any user other than the poster to upvote the story to place it as published.

Hope this helps.
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Question: Why pligg adds extra characters to submitted URLs?
Answer: provided by jhawkin 30 days ago
- 0 + I only see one post from you? So who did you talk to?

You also forgot to include a link and any other information to help us help you!

And what template are you running? Did this work okay in English? Out of the box?

Did you modify, "fix", or change anything?

What modules are you running?
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Question: Why pligg adds extra characters to submitted URLs?
Answer: provided by jhawkin 29 days ago
- 0 + Lets turn off out.php for a bit. It's just an idea but I'm wondering if that's the culprit.

Go to Admin ---> OutGoing ---> and set 'enable out going links' to false!
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Question: Why pligg adds extra characters to submitted URLs?
Answer: provided by jhawkin 29 days ago
- 0 + I followed a few links from your site. The ones I checked worked but...... Some of those linked sites are SLOW.....

Your site is a little slow, too. But I'm in the US so that's to be expected some.

Besides the 'out.php' tracking are you running SEO method 2?

I also see a slight issue with the html in some of your categories links (within the menu code) and I have no idea what caused that unless it's an escape character or something weird in the translation table. The category names that are messed up are in your language. The English language category names look fine.

Finally, who put the RSS widget into the sidebar? I'm just a little worried that they erased everything to place them there as there's a few 'hooks' that might be missing. I don't think this is causing this problem though.

I suspect it's a translation problem. Maybe a RTL issue when part of the link is input your language

This is about all the help I can offer....
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Question: Why pligg adds extra characters to submitted URLs?
Answer: provided by jhawkin 29 days ago
- 0 + Out tracking is still on the links I just looked at. You may need to wait for the cache to flush before you judge that one.

And it may be that you'll need to do a 'edit and re-save' to rid the story of the 'out' redirection code.

Try both ideas (patience and edit/resave) before you rule this out.
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Question: Speeding up or Reducing the load of RSS import
Answer: provided by jhawkin 28 days ago
- 0 + We probably should touch on 'RSS etiquette' when pulling feeds somewhere in the documents.

Feeds shouldn't be pulled too often or the host server load goes up. I set my feed imports to two hours minimum or more depending on how often the site updates.

The providing host can IP block anyone requesting feeds too often.

Also, some feeds provide the full article (probably accidentally). The RSS module could use a way to shorten those descriptions and summaries. That's not good behavior to repost a whole article from someone else's site even though their feed provided it. They probably have no idea.

Doesn't seem to be a problem here but people who allow posting of large 'blogging' style articles or blog on their Pligg sites themselves, allowing huge articles, could wind up with a problem there.

Most sites that provide RSS feeds don't realize other sites may pull their content including images. I haven't experienced any issues with this myself, most sites appreciate what I'm doing. But the image 'thing' haunts me some. Pligg doesn't show the included images but can.

My WordPress systems do show images but most of those imports are affiliate feeds or otherwise 'in house'.

I mention the WordPress stuff as just an aside. I don't expect any WordPress support here but I'm slowly working on more integration of WordPress and Pligg as I go. So, WordPress is very important to my Pligg future plans.
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Question: Speeding up or Reducing the load of RSS import
Answer: provided by jhawkin 28 days ago
- 0 + Your answer to html entities helped me as that was the fix needed for that issue.

The few times a URL appears in the titles are usually because the article's title contained a URL in the original story (most of those stories came off feeds from Facebook Pages). You wind up with a URL in the title which doesn't hurt anything except the title usually doesn't go to that URL depending on the story settings.

I just do a quick edit to fix that when I see it. The url usually winds up in the tags also as the RSS module creates pretty accurate tags from the title and content.

As to the rest of the module. It works great for what I'm doing. One more issue that isn't a biggie but sometimes there are Hashtags in the title (which may have not even existed back when that module was developed). It might be a good idea to always place any hashtag into the tags field. Pligg usually does that by default but not always.

And sometimes a feed will stop the process when the magpie parser chokes on a poorly formed feed. That stops the rest of the import from that point on.

When I see that happen I usually run it through "The Feed Sanitizer" and use that program's derived URL from then on which cures the problem.

It might be the simple pie parser could run it because most feed readers seem to handle those feeds fine. Maybe a automatic switch from one parser to the other or something... I don't know. MagpieRSS is a great parser, I'd rather see it stay! I just wonder if SimplePie might work better on the failed imports if there's a way to catch that and trigger the switch..

Finally, a way to stop or suspend the individual feed when there's a problem without losing that site's settings. Right now I set the 'time' to 1000 hours instead of my usual 2, 4, or 6 settings. The incoming feed usually corrects itself in a few days.

Documentation could sure use some work. RSS import setup in Pligg isn't intuitive (it's not real intuitive in WordPress either). Once you've done it a couple dozen times though it gets easier.

Some info on using 'extra fields' and the RSS import might help.

Hope some of this info helps you figure out where to look and where to start.