Now I know myself (lazy), and have probably contributed to the problem. I also know that even if I try REAL hard, I'm not likely to follow the policy to the letter. Most new users probably don't even know that there is such a document.
NOTE: the following describes a solution that has never been put into use, but posts later in this topic describe a solution that can be used.
Being a programmer, Murray Boyd's suggestion hit home... "Well of course, why not use technology to solve the problem", I though. So I went off and made a simplistic phpBB mod that seems like it will fit the bill. Of course I don't administrate this board, or dictate its policy, but I figured "build it and they will come".
So now its time to decide if what I've done is useful, and if our gracious hosts (Alex?) would be willing to install and run it. There is a chance that security and/or performance constraints would rule this out entirely, but I'd hope to be able to work around those.
Just as a preview, check out this page:
http://mas.xtreemhost.com/ticker_descri ... ic.php.htm
It is not actually live, so don't bother clicking any of the links, but notice the ticker symbols with dotted underlines. If you put the mouse over them, there should be a tooltip with some additional info.
A few notes/limitations of this initial version:
* I have pre-loaded definitions for all of Vanguard's investor and admiral funds, as well as ETFs
* Any other funds will be detected during the posting process and the name retrieved from yahoo finance
* The names from yahoo finance, unfortunately are somewhat poor (truncated?)
* Only the name can be retrieved automatically, not the expense ratio
* Expense ratios (and names) are never automatically updated, so they could become stale over time
* there is no web administration, so any changes will require manual edits to a text file (presumably only Alex can do this)
A few technical details...
This is my first venture into PHP, much less making phpBB mods, so if anyone with experience would like to critique it, it would be appreciated.
I cannot determine what environment diehards.org is running, so I tried to target the lowest common denominator:
* PHP 4.2.0 +
* phpBB 2.0.22
The data is read and parsed once for every page load, I haven't been able to figure out how to cache this in a more global way - so performance in a high load environment is uncertain.
I have submitted the mod to the phpBB mods database, but it may be a few weeks until they 'validate' it - whatever that entails.
Finally the code:
All comments and feedback are welcomed, keep in mind that this was just put together over the course of a few days, so changes/enhancements are possible down the road. I didn't want to build a large complex system and find out that it wasn't wanted