Talk:News and blogs

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One nice addition to the Bogleheads View section would be a "More" or "Archive" etc. link a la the "Expanded Table of Contents" and "Complete Page" links we provide for the Table of Contents. --Blbarnitz 23:15, 25 November 2009 (UTC)

I added some links at the bottom right of this page, then put it on the live page. Looks out of place here, but OK when viewed within the portal box. I used a separate link for each page. The hyphen "-" is in bold or else it gets lost in-between the links. --LadyGeek 01:23, 26 November 2009 (UTC)

This entire page is generated using live RSS feeds. To keep things simple, the feeds are pulled from server. Otherwise, we'll need an extension to MediaWiki. The Forbes feed is generated from Custom Feeds by author "Mel Lindauer", then "Laura Dogu". Using "The Bogleheads' View" was not accurate. --LadyGeek 20:01, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

Paste the feeds below into the Build tab (customize, generate script) at feed2js. This utilizes the servers from

The feeds will be customized (number of feeds, level of detail, etc.) to fit in the wiki page. In process. --LadyGeek 20:55, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

The best results were to use the default CSS styles and inside the portal box. The idea is to use the same portal design as the main page while maintaining the Tango theme. Content and portal header color can still be tweaked. It was a bit tricky to remove the extra displayed lines, that's why the code runs together and is not very readable.

View the feeds inside Portal:Main Page Development. --LadyGeek 02:48, 19 October 2010 (UTC)

I got The Bogleheads' View feed working. The trick was to search by "People"; it's now a single feed for both authors.

--LadyGeek 21:06, 19 October 2010 (UTC)

I settled on CSS style variations of "Bardic" for the title box and "KP" for the rest; modified for the Tango color scheme. Keep the box margin at 98% or less; otherwise the border will extend beyond the portal boundary.

The feeds are generated using the server from Feed2JS (Feed to JavaScript). Code is open source under the terms of the GNU General Public License. At some point, it would be beneficial to add a MediaWiki RSS widget to run everything locally.

Each feed using processing time by the Feed2JS server. Page load times depend on this remote server, not the wiki. Additional feeds will take longer to load. --LadyGeek 02:07, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

Suggestion by Alex Frakt to remove the title (header) background as most people cannot distinguish this from an ad and therefore ignore this link. --LadyGeek 20:24, 23 October 2010 (UTC)

Added underline to titles to show these are links (text-decoration:underline;). A better way would be to add a short description with the title (also suggested by Alex Frakt), but the CSS classes are not designed for this. A good tutorial site for HTML and CSS: W3Schools --LadyGeek 21:34, 23 October 2010 (UTC)

The Feed2JS feeds were replaced with Extension:SimpleFeed. This has 2 advantages:

  1. All processing is done in the Bogleheads' wiki server. There's no dependence on other servers to fetch the feed. For example, if an external server has a problem or long load time, the page will hang. This is no longer a concern.
  2. Formatting is done using wiki text, which is the preferred method for a wiki. Fields available are: {PERMALINK}, {TITLE}, {DATE} (can customize date format), {AUTHOR}, {DESCRIPTION}. Refer to Extension:SimpleFeed for documentation.

Other MediaWiki extensions were tried, but they either didn't work (Extension:RSS), or had no control on the formatting (RSSReader.php). Installation and debugging was coordinated with Mingstar (site admin) - thanks.

Vanguard News Feed: The Economic Week in Review was changed to the Vanguard News archive, as it seemed more useful as "news". To change back, go to subscribe to Vanguard news feeds and replace <feed url=""> with <feed url="">.

--LadyGeek 22:31, 15 November 2010 (EST)

I removed the link to this page to make room for the " on Facebook" entry. Otherwise, it will wrap onto 2 lines, not desirable for a main page layout. Access to this page is now on the left sidebar as "News" (also by editing the main page). --LadyGeek 17:09, 22 November 2010 (EST)

Blog revisions

A forum member has requested Wade Pfau's blog to be included as part of the Bogleheads blog Friday review (here). Given that Vanguard is already represented as the news feed (Vanguard news) and to keep the (arbitrary) limit at 10 blogs on this page, I felt that Vanguard's blog was superfluous and could be replaced.

I've also replaced the Vanguard blog with Wade Pfau's blog in the daily Featured blog cycle. --LadyGeek 16:24, 18 May 2014 (CDT)