2009.11.21: November 21, 2009: Headlines: Internet: Hugh Pickens: How to get a RSS Feed out of a Discusware Message Board

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How to get a RSS Feed out of a Discusware Message Board

How to get a RSS Feed out of a Discusware Message Board

How to get a RSS Feed out of a Discusware Message Board

The Peace Corps Online Message Baord is powered by message board software called Discusware.

I have noticed a lot of posts at the Discusware Support Board asking for RSS functionality for the software at:


I figured out a way to provide that functionality that doesn't require any programming.

My method makes use of a new blogging service called Posterous that directly accepts emails and turns them into blog entries. The blog has an rss feed and posterous can also feed twitter.

Here are the accounts in my case.

1. My discusware message board at: http://peacecorpsonline.org

2. My Posterous account that prints all messages posted on my discus message board at: http://asknot.posterous.com/

3. The Rss feed for the Posterous Account at: http://www.google.com/ig/add?feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fasknot.posterous.com%2Frss.xml

4. The twitter account that prints the titles of the messages posted at: http://twitter.com/PeaceCorpsTweet

Here are the steps to set up the rss feed and twitter feed for your discusware message board.

1. Open a free Posterous Blog at: http://posterous.com/

2. Set up the Posterous account to accept email messages from your gmail account.

3. Set up an account on your discus message board that sends emails to your gmail account. You need to decide if you want the messages sent in html format or text format. I wanted to preserve my formatting for the rss feed so I used html emails.

4. Set up a filter on your gmail account that accepts the emails from the discus board and forwards them to the Posterous account. The reason I use a filter is that I want to fillter out three types of messages: Queued messages, email tests, and notifications of registrations submitted. To do this put

-"Registration Submitted" -"Test of E-mail Notification" -"QUEUE"

in the gmail filter under the field "Has the words:"

Set up your gmail filter to forward all messages from your discusware board to the posterous board if they meet the criteria in the filter.

The messages will be automatically posted to the Posterous Board after they are approved on the Discusware Board.

5. Set up a twitter account then set up your Posterous account to feed the twitter account.

Best regards,

Hugh Pickens

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