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Guide to Fetch

Guide to Fetch


By: TᵢG  •  TechMeta  •  64 Comments  •  last year

The Challenge Seeding is a clumsy process.    Source articles have very different structures, embed advertisements and other distractions, including at times complex HTML that screws up the...
Guide to Threads

Guide to Threads


By: TᵢG  •  TechMeta  •  47 Comments  •  last year

Thread Basics NewsTalkers uses hierarchic comments to organize long discussions.   First level comments have integer identifiers (1,2,… n).   Second level comments have two integers such as 3.4...
Guide to Migration

Guide to Migration


By: TᵢG  •  TechMeta  •  6 Comments  •  2 years ago

Types of Articles NewsTalkers provides three types of articles:  discussion, blog and group discussion.   The discussion type is the most common - it is used to create articles (original or...
Guide to Participating Groups

Guide to Participating Groups


By: TᵢG  •  TechMeta  •  24 Comments  •  3 years ago

Groups Have Grown Up NewsTalkers groups provide a forum for like-minded individuals to focus on a particular subject matter.    As an example, we could easily have a Chess group where chess...
Guide to Threads

Guide to Threads


By: TᵢG  •  TechMeta  •  41 Comments  •  3 years ago

Threads Comments on an article tend to split into threads of discussion.   A thread is a topic comment along with its set of reply comments.    The topic comment typically focuses on an aspect...
Notes on New Moderator Functionality

Notes on New Moderator Functionality


By: TᵢG  •  TechMeta  •  64 Comments  •  3 years ago

Moderators now have a support system to automate most of the manual work that has taken place behind the scenes.   The new system will be largely transparent to members - especially if one is...
Guide to the Publisher

Guide to the Publisher


By: TᵢG  •  TechMeta  •  110 Comments  •  3 years ago

Why Do We Need A Publisher? NewsTalker’s underlying platform provides native support for three types of articles:  Blog, Discussion and Group Discussion.   Blogs are for authors (or columnists)...
Guide to the New Comment Structure

Guide to the New Comment Structure


By: TᵢG  •  TechMeta  •  28 Comments  •  3 years ago

One Newstalkers’ objective is a comment structure that encourages discussion and debate.   Oddly, many sites have resorted to strict linear comments 1, 2, 3, … n.  (In part because this is very...
Guide to the Tracker

Guide to the Tracker


By: TᵢG  •  TechMeta  •  68 Comments  •  3 years ago

What is a Tracker? A tracker is a mechanism built within a discussion forum that tracks comment activity and presents a custom record of this tracking for each user.  The tracker is based on the...
NewsTalker's Comment Structure

NewsTalker's Comment Structure


By: TᵢG  •  TechMeta  •  12 Comments  •  4 years ago

A few new members (especially ex-viners accustomed to NV's structure) have questions regarding the structure of comments in NewsTalkers.   The questions are fair, so here is a description of what...