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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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
The following two strings have worked well, but you’ll need to try both to see which one works for you
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.
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!
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.
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.
<b>Precis</b> - This is a test post I'm using to try out a scripting method for GURPS Day <br />
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.