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Old 11-02-2020, 7:51 AM
RCxRC RCxRC is offline
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I am annoyed that after literally months of trying a variety of supposed hi-quality RSS streaming reader apps (such as for reading the VBulletin RSS feed) that I still have not found a solution to being notified of specific search terms on the CG website. Some of these have been $50-100 / year upper-end RSS reader services, and after trying them out and inquiring of their tech-support, it appears nothing will work exactly as I am trying to get it to.

The issue: trying to find an "app" or RSS streaming newsfeed reader that will search for specific search terms (ie, "Freedom Arms", "K98", etc) on specific sub-boards on CG and notify me in a timely manner (via text, email, other notification, etc).

I am tired of missing out on nearly everything that gets posted on the Marketplace sub-forums (long guns, handguns). I can't sit by the computer and do a search every 5-10 minutes for specific search terms for the half-dozen things I am looking for to round-out my collection. Nor do I want to have to keep refreshing my screen every couple of minutes to see what is new. I do have to work.

I have looked high and low for a solution and have not found one that works.

I tried Google search / saved search. That doesn't notify in a timely manner.

Of all the RSS feed readers that I have tried to harness CG's RSS feed to, none is adequate. The closest I got was to get some (not all, though) posts from the sub-forums to post to the app every couple of hours (and subsequently alert me), and never sooner than a half-hour at best. I am starting to believe the issue is with the CG RSS feed, in that it does not send updated additions to the website in a timely manner (at least not fast enough to be useful for this purpose). Another issue is that even the fastest setting on the various RSS reader services only goes down to 15 minutes.

Has anyone found a solution that works for this purpose? Or is this just a closely guarded secret for the swoop-in / "I'll take it" now crowd that always seems to get on everything that posts minutes after it goes live....?

The last time I deep-dived into this several months ago, I found a few threads on a techie website where they were hacking either VBulletin or a RSS reader service with a VB plug-in script that sped things up and made notifications more specific and efficient.

I know there has to be a way.....
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ..."
--Theodore Roosevelt, "The Strenuous Life," April 10, 1899

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