IxDA discussion widget idea

27 May 2009 - 8:02am
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Adam Lerner
2009

What do people think of an IxDA desktop/dashboard widget that would
give members a view into what discussions were currently active on
the discussion board?

Frequently I will see an email come by the list about a topic I am
interested in, only to have to repeatedly check the website to see if
anyone has contributed to the thread.

Perhaps there is a more elegant/simpler solution to this that is
escaping me, but I thought a small app that displayed active
discussions and allowed you to tag those you want to "follow" would
be a time-saver.

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27 May 2009 - 9:36am
Jess Eddy
2009

The first thing that comes to mind is a simple AIR application. I agree, I tend to want to follow the conversation, but don't always visit the Website after getting an email alert. To your point about a simpler solution, could the "follow" feature be integrated into the site itself so you receive an email notification every time a user comments on a thread you're following?

Out of curiosity, are there any API's associated with this site?

27 May 2009 - 9:59am
Dave Malouf
2005

Can't you (for now) take a simple RSS widget and have it point to the
RSS feed(s)?

I know some people still really like the email model and I was sooo
reluctant to move over, but now that I use IxDA almost purely on RSS
through Google Reader, I don't think I could ever go back. The ONLY
loss is threading, but I really don't miss it in the end.

== dave

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27 May 2009 - 10:03am
Adam Lerner
2009

Interesting, Dave. That might be a good fix. I have to admit to not
having really "taken" to RSS (although, I sort of use Twitter in a
manner similar to how my friends use RSS.)

Maybe it's just time for me to get with it. Still, I do like the
idea of having a little thread-viewing tool living on my Dashboard.

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27 May 2009 - 2:20pm
Jeff Howard
2004

Hi Adam,

There aren't any APIs to the discussion list. The RSS route is about
the only way I could see to do this type of thing right now. That's
what's powering the IxDA Twitter account.

http://www.ixda.org/rss.php
http://twitter.com/ixda

Also, I should mention that you can switch your account to receive
every post via e-mail, so you don't need to keep checking the
website. Set it on your profile page. On that note, you could
subscribe a completely new Gmail account just for the list and then
hook it up to the existing Google Gmail widget. Instant feed into
your dashboard for the 10 most recent posts.

// jeff

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27 May 2009 - 3:27pm
Adam Lerner
2009

Thanks, Jeff. I should have investigated the settings first but I
think this would make a good springboard to giving RSS another shot.

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27 May 2009 - 6:21pm
Murray Eaton
2009

here is an AIR app for RSS feeds.

http://snackr.net/

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28 May 2009 - 7:19am
Nikhil paul
2009

hey i like the widget idea, I am in..... might just convince my team to have
one on our blog

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On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 8:02 AM, Adam Lerner <vocable at gmail.com> wrote:

> What do people think of an IxDA desktop/dashboard widget that would
> give members a view into what discussions were currently active on
> the discussion board?
>
> Frequently I will see an email come by the list about a topic I am
> interested in, only to have to repeatedly check the website to see if
> anyone has contributed to the thread.
>
> Perhaps there is a more elegant/simpler solution to this that is
> escaping me, but I thought a small app that displayed active
> discussions and allowed you to tag those you want to "follow" would
> be a time-saver.
>
>
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28 May 2009 - 8:22am
Anonymous

I agree with Dave Malouf, also because I would prefer not to add
another widget to my desktop.

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