http://www.perlmonks.org?node_id=1196487

I'm not for certain, but it seems to me that some Monks magically appear on a thread if a specific topic is mentioned, or perhaps their uid is mentioned.

Can someone explain how this is accomplished (or at least tell me that it isn't happening, and I'm just imagining things)?

I mean, mention threads, and without fail, a major resident expert magically appears. Could be coincidence, but I'm not sure.

Question is, is there a way, without having to continuously re-roll the Perlmonks website scraping, to see if a username or phrase or something is published, to recognize this? I'm definitely no web expert, but I can work my way with JS/jQuery/CSS to a degree, but searching is usually required.

-stevieb

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Re: CSS/JS if a username is mentioned
by LanX (Bishop) on Aug 02, 2017 at 00:51 UTC
    > I'm just imagining things

    You are imagining things.

    The experienced monks are just good in reading RAT titles, and telling if it's interesting by judging the participants. At least that's what I do.

    > without having to continuously re-roll the Perlmonks website scraping,

    There are no triggers that you can set like in an email filter.

    But you don't exactly need website scrapping if you parse the XML feeds.

    So indeed you could poll some meta XML tickers and XML views of posts like ?displaytype=xml;node_id=1196487 to parse if your name "StevieB" or keywords were mentioned.

    Updates

    Since there are also some RSS Feeds you might find a ready to use tool to get alarms for your keywords.

    Concerning CSS, there are many classes available to highlight special monks in RAT View.

    I'm only using it to highlight me and hiding others.

    But that's not what you're after, I'm afraid.

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
    Je suis Charlie!

Re: CSS/JS if a username is mentioned
by marto (Bishop) on Aug 02, 2017 at 09:57 UTC

    "Question is, is there a way, without having to continuously re-roll the Perlmonks website scraping, to see if a username or phrase or something is published, to recognize this? I'm definitely no web expert, but I can work my way with JS/jQuery/CSS to a degree, but searching is usually required."

    What you're asking for sounds like some sort of user configurable watch list, which does not exist, and would probably be better developed as an enhancement to the site, rather than a third party site scraping tool.

      I think investment into a keyword heuristics should come first.

      I started once hacking a spam filter for this site based on Tf-idf and this method should lead to pretty good keywords categorizations too.

      Unfortunately working for food and preparing talks for conferences doesn't leave me with too much spare time for the monastery.

      Cheers Rolf
      (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
      Je suis Charlie!

Re: CSS/JS if a username is mentioned (search engines)
by LanX (Bishop) on Aug 02, 2017 at 09:22 UTC
Re: CSS/JS if a username is mentioned
by QM (Parson) on Aug 03, 2017 at 14:43 UTC
    Has anyone tried Google Alerts?

    -QM
    --
    Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of

      Not for this but I use them to strong effect for a few other things; shopping and PR stuff relevant to me. Google indexes PM very quickly at least some of the time. A couple years ago I searched for something to help me answer a question and the second or third Google hit was that question. Node was like 2 minutes old.

Re: CSS/JS if a username is mentioned
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 02, 2017 at 11:26 UTC
    Heh

    its real simple, visit newest nodes, open each question/root node in a new tab, read, repeat

      Perhaps it's not practical from a time spent perspective to follow this approach, depending on your free time, how frequently you visit. I can understand some use cases or where having this automated would be useful.

        Huh? Maybe on braille or text to speech or ??? The time it takes for a node to load is all i need to filter for interest, whether im reading or skimming

        You can read n root nodes at a time in each respective section with the corresponding slower page load time

        but keyword nodelet has been rejected forever and always, As a lifetime member i am offended by talk of it

Re: CSS/JS if a username is mentioned
by sundialsvc4 (Abbot) on Aug 05, 2017 at 17:18 UTC

    There is frankly not enough new activity on this forum (anymore), such that a simple request for most-recent posts will produce a very manageable number of entries to review by hand.   (For example, here is another post by you-know-who ... gotta go down-vote it, no matter what it says.)

      yet here you are, posting more lies. Seek help Mike. From a medical professional.