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The RSS2Wiki extension allows you to add RSS feeds from any site onto a Law & Order Wiki page. This could be used for news feeds, to show entries from a related blog, or to show recent changes from a related wiki.

Adding an RSS feed

The basic code to add an RSS feed to a page is:

<rss> URL goes here </rss>

Variables

There are a number of variables you can add after the URL for the RSS feed. Each is separated by a pipe character ("|") (as in links and templates). The available parameters:

  • charset=: The character set used by the feed. For example, you may need to use UTF-8 to view some characters.
  • short: Do not show the description text for each news item.
  • date: Shows the date/time stamp for each news item.
  • max=: Allows you to choose how many items to show.
  • highlight=term1 term2: The terms added here (each separated by a space) are highlighted.
  • filter=term1 term2: Only RSS items containing at least one of the listed terms are shown.
  • filterout=term1 term2: No RSS items containing the listed terms are shown.
  • reverse: The RSS items are displayed in reverse order

So, for example, to add some Law & Order news to an article, you might use:

<rss>http://boards.nbc.com/nbc/index.php?act=rssout&id=44|max=5|charset=UTF-8</rss>

This would result in:

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A web feed is a data format used for serving frequently updated content to users.

A content provider makes feeds available and may publish the feed link on their site. Users can subscribe to the feed using an aggregator application (also called a "feed reader" or a "news reader") running on their computer. Some web browsers also have native options for feeds, such as Firefox.

Fandom provides outgoing RSS and Atom feeds for some pages, and pages can display incoming RSS feeds from other sites.

Which pages provide feeds?

RSS and Atom feeds are available for individual articles and for certain special pages. When you visit the page in question, you can append the page's URL with ?feed=rss or ?feed=atom to access the feed URL. If the URL already has elements that use the ? and = characters, you will need to include the & character in front of the feed elements, like &feed=rss or &feed=atom

Changes to any community

Use the URL for the community's Recent Changes page.

New pages added to any community

Use the URL for the community's New Pages page.

New pages added to a specific namespace

Use the URL for the community's New Pages page and append &namespace=namespaceid

Changes to any wiki article

Use the URL for the article's history page.

RSS watchlist

Use MediaWiki API format for your followed pages.

More information about this method can be found on API:Watchlist feed on MediaWiki.org.

Advice for Apple device users

In the 2010s, Apple devices have increasingly separated RSS feeds from their core functionality. In particular, Safari has removed formatting support for feeds, making most of the above methods obsolete. Try a URL ending in something like ?feed=rss and you'll get content, but it'll be ugly and presented after a stern warning that RSS feeds aren't "ideal" for a web browser.

Instead, Apple users are advised to look for a separate syndicated news reader. These range in price from free to a few bucks, so look around the App Store for something that meets your needs.

Once you've installed a reader, subscribing to an RSS feed is straightforward in Safari.

Just type:

feed://wikiname.fandom.com/Special:SpecialPageName

...into your Safari URL bar, and most readers will automatically offer you a chance to subscribe. Or, if you're not a Safari user, you can just subscribe directly in the reader by entering the URL to which you want to subscribe.

Because there are so many different RSS apps, you'll need to check your app's documentation if you run into any problems.

How do I show RSS content from another site?

The basic syntax is <rss>URL goes here</rss>.

See Help:RSS for more details and options.

Social media feeds and widgets

For information about social media feeds, please see Help:Social media integration.

See also

Further help and feedback

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