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Lack of Interest Feeder Post as Guest Option Improvement

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by AdamCapriola, May 11, 2012.

  1. AdamCapriola

    AdamCapriola Member

    I love the option in the Feeder that allows the new content to be posted by a guest with the name information gathered from the feed.

    What would be even cooler is if it could pull the name from the feed, and if it matches an existing username, it attributes the thread to that user.

    This would be super helpful because my site runs on both WordPress (for the blog) and XenForo (for the forums), and the username spit out from the feed info would always match a username in my XenForo database.

    I tested things out as is, and it doesn't attribute the thread to the user (it says guest). It would be epic if this could happen! I could then auto-create forum threads for every blog post and the thread author would show up correctly too.
     
  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    You can specify a username on a per feed basis.

    Or are there multiple authors per feed?
     
  3. AdamCapriola

    AdamCapriola Member

    Yeah I've got multiple authors per feed. What I've been doing is setting a default "auto-poster" forum account for the threads, but it would be so much cooler if I could get the authors synced up. It would make it much easier to differentiate the threads, as then the avatars would appropriated correctly. Right now the forum has a bunch of threads all with the same auto-poster account avatar.
     
  4. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I will have a look at the code for this.

    Would you mind pasting the URL to the feed?
     
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  5. AdamCapriola

    AdamCapriola Member

  6. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    That's ok. I've been a little busy, but I still intend to look at this!

    Thank you for the URL.
     
  7. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Just looking at this for you now, and currently I cannot find any of the author names in WordPress which match their usernames in XenForo.

    WordPress outputs them as display names (not usernames)

    Esa Juntunen
    John Kettler
    Dakota Streck
    etc.


    But their forum names in XenForo are:
    badganondorf
    Kettler
    dakotabeboys
    etc.


    This might be do-able but the forum name will need to match the Word Press names or vice versa.


    So that means your authors in WordPress need to become:
    badganondorf
    Kettler
    dakotabeboys

    OR

    Your authors in XenForo need to become:
    Esa Juntunen
    John Kettler
    Dakota Streck
     
  8. AdamCapriola

    AdamCapriola Member

    The feeder picks up the usernames as the authors, not the WordPress display names. I tested and it creates guests with the usernames, not display names. The usernames match in both WordPress and XF.
     
  9. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I tried it on my local test board and it was definitely the full display names rather than usernames it was pulling through.

    And if you look at the XML data. You'll see in red I've highlighted it contains the display name rather than the username.

    Code:
    <channel>
    <title>
    SixPrizes - Pokemon TCG Tips and Strategy ยป Underground Content
    </title>
    <atom:link href="http://www.sixprizes.com/category/underground/feed/" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml"/>
    <link>http://www.sixprizes.com</link>
    <description>
    Share, read, and discuss Pokemon Trading Card Game tips and strategy with the SixPrizes community.
    </description>
    <lastBuildDate>Mon, 21 May 2012 16:00:40 +0000</lastBuildDate>
    <language>en</language>
    <sy:updatePeriod>hourly</sy:updatePeriod>
    <sy:updateFrequency>1</sy:updateFrequency>
    <generator>http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2</generator>
    <item>
    <title>
    Eel vs Eel: Comparing and Contrasting Speed and Smeargle Builds
    </title>
    <link>http://www.sixprizes.com/deck-analysis/eel-vs-eel/</link>
    <comments>
    http://www.sixprizes.com/deck-analysis/eel-vs-eel/#comments
    </comments>
    <pubDate>Thu, 17 May 2012 15:14:07 +0000</pubDate>
    <dc:creator>Jay Hornung</dc:creator>
     
  10. Brian Chance

    Brian Chance Member

    If you have regular authors that post articles all the time you could always use the WP author feed. http://www.sixprizes.com/author/Ruiner/feed/
    Although I didn't look at how many different authors you had so that could be a pain to set up and possibly be limiting depending on how your categories and forums are set up. If you needed more flexibility one category posting with an user name posting in one place and a post from another category going to another you could give each author a specific tag to use depending on the category and then use the tag feed.
     
  11. AdamCapriola

    AdamCapriola Member

    You're right! I when I was testing, the users I was looking at must have used their username as their WordPress display name (which is the same as their XF username), and that's why things were matching up. Not all users are like that though, so I guess I'd have to edit the way the feed is spit out.

    It seems like this is going to be more trouble than it's worth, so for now I'll stick to manually changing the author of the threads. It's a little annoying to do that each time, but I'll live, haha. Thanks for looking into it though!
    That is a good idea! The same thing happens though; some of my WP use their username as their display name, and others use their real name, which then doesn't match up with XenForo.
     
  12. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I think it's do-able, but those names have to sync up. So if you ever make that happen I'll happily look at it again :)
     
  13. Brian Chance

    Brian Chance Member

    What I was thinking is in the feeder options set the forum username to the author of the feed that way you don't have to worry about what name is in the feed. Like I mentioned it could be a pain to set up depending on the complexities of your situation.
     

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