GURPS Day – Instructions for Getting on the List

GURPS Day Preparation!

With some help from +Jeffro Johnson – lots of help – I now have a PERL script that will look at the RSS feeds for blogs and pull out the GURPS posts, and spit ’em out formatted all nice and proper.

If you hear that in Nathan Fillion’s voice, well, you’re not wrong about that.

How will it do this? It will look for the GURPS tag that you will put on GURPS-related posts.
If you want to make my life easier, and ensure inclusion in GURPS Day posts:
1. Send me an email at gurpsday@gmail.com
This will get you on my GURPSDay mailing list, which I will use sparingly to contact people with questions or requests or ‘hey, this doesn’t work anymore’
2. Give me your critical information
In order to get you on our list, you need to provide me with:

Your Blog’s NameJust paste in the title of your blog, as you want it to appear.Your Blog’s Landing/Home Page URL

This is just to ensure that we get it right

The name by which you want to be credited

Either a name or pseudonym, but keep it classy. If I can’t read your pseudonym to my daughter (she’s 6), it won’t go on the list.

A validated RSS feed that filters on a tag for GURPS

This is important, because it’s how we’ll scrape your blog for keyed posts. That means that you do have to tag your posts GURPS. It also means you probably have to figure out how to enable RSS in Blogger, WordPress, or whatever you use. You will need to know if you’re using RSS or Atom, but we can figure that out if it doesn’t work – that’s why the email to gurpsday@gmail.com is so important.

A list of tags, labels, or categories that will let us screen for content


The categories may be case-sensitive, so if you use gurps instead of GURPS, or GuRPs for some unknown reason, that needs to be included.

What the email looks like

Hi, I'd like to be included in the GURPSDay summaries:
Gaming Ballistic
http://gamingballistic.blotspot.com/
Douglas Cole
http://gamingballistic.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/GURPS?alt=rss

That’s it.

If you’re on blogger, your RSS feed will be something like

Blogger

Atom 1.0: http://www.gamingballistic.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/GURPSRSS 2.0: http://www.gamingballistic.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/GURPS?alt=rss

WordPress

The following two strings have worked well, but you’ll need to try both to see which one works for you

http://www.YOURBLOGNAME.wordpress.com/tag/GURPS/feed http://www.YOURBLOGNAME.wordpress.com/category/GURPS/feed

Tumblr

http://YOURBLOGNAME.tumblr.com/rss

LiveJournal

http://YOURBLOGNAME.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=gurps

If you use your own thing, you’ll have to find me a working RSS feed. If you are doing your own thing, presumably you know how to get it! And again: tags, labels, categories are may be, case-sensitive, so please be sure your RSS link has the right case for your blog.

3. Tag all your posts with GURPS

Use your blog editor’s tag or category feature to label your posts with the GURPS tag. Both Blogger and WordPress allow you to retroactively tag batches of posts with a new label/tag/category with a few mouse clicks.And for the last time: case sensitive!

4. If you’re feeling bold add a summary statement to your post.
This must be formatted in one of the following two waysBest Way


Go into your post’s HTML formatted code. That will be using the HTML window in Blogger (as opposed to the Compose button).At the very end, put in the following:<!--Precis - One to three sentences summarizing your post. Second sentence. Third one is the last one.-->
The key bits are the <!–Precis in the beginning and the –> at the end.
That puts in a “hidden” summary that our script will extract.The Second-Best Way


Include in your actual post the following line somewhere.

Precis - One to three sentences summarizing your post. Second sentence. Third one is the last one.

Think Twitter brevity level. The script will look for everything from the bolded Precis (but if you use PRECIS or PrEciS it won’t care) to the first carriage return. Here’s sample HTML

<b>Precis</b> - This is a test post I'm using to try out a scripting method for GURPS Day <br />

If you can do 1-3, your posts will appear easily in the output, formatted the way I need them to be. If you also do 4, the post will contain a short summary so people can know what you’re writing about.The LiveJournal Way


LiveJournal seems to strip HTML out of the text of posts, so embedding the Precis using the Best Way above won’t work. PK Levine figured out how to do it, though:

  • Anyone using LiveJournal* can insert a Precis summary that’s completely invisible to the user, by inserting this code:

<span style=”display:none”><b>Precis</b> – TWO TO THREE SENTENCE SUMMARY.<br /></span>

  • * Or anything else, actually, but the “<!–” version is easier, and seems to work everywhere except LJ.

 

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