December 19th, 2002

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Doctor Fun

Does someone know of a Doctor Fun RSS feed?

If not, could someone make one? For example, jwz, could you add it to your cheesegrater?

The screen to scrape is probably, which changes every week (and during the week as new cartoons are added). 'Twould be nice to include both the caption (not all cartoons have captions) and a link to the image.

If no one speaks up, I could try my hand at this, but I've never worked with RSS before. (Oh, and I'm not sure what the results are of the feed getting longer during the week and then going back to one entry when the next week starts -- whether the previous week, or all previously read entries should be cached, for example.)

Oh, and FWIW, I talked to David Farley who draws Doctor Fun, and he said that if an RSS feed can be set up externally, that would be fine with him (and he'd add it to his list of mirrors), but that as far as he knew, ibiblio doesn't provide one themselves.

readership script. (yes, i'm spammy.)

Last time - this is a picture perfect run of the feed. I corrected film_ru's description (for some reason, my code doesn't like the unicode), but other than that this is all automatic. "Broken RSS Feed" detection is now only listed if the feed has a parse error and no date is listed.

Decided against Table version, due to size limitation by LJ. Table version is now up to 60k - userinfo only allows 64k for total entry or userinfo size. of course, this list is approaching 40k, so at some point I may have to do something (like cutting out links) but that's an easy edit of the script.

Currently, there are 243 feeds in the database. If anyone sees any feeds which aren't in this run, please let me know so i can add them and rerun it before I go home. I hope to pass the script and everything off to someone while i'm on break so i don't have to do it over dialup, but I'm keeping it for right now ;) The only thing that looks kind of wrong is the extra , when there's no comments and it's a nonparsing or bad rss feed, but i'm too lazy to fix that. ;) If there's anything you see here that's broken, or anything you think should be changed.

At this point, I think it's just about as good as it needs to be. Contains all information i can really think to add, and... that's about it :) Any feedback should be left in comments. thanks!

Oh - added one more feature (won't rerun the script, just did a quick count on the file, but it'll be there in the future): Total readers: 8629 of 244 feeds. Fairly impressive, IMHO. And now, for the numbers.

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