Last Comment Bug 469838 - Collect additional LizardFeeder data sources and feature requests
: Collect additional LizardFeeder data sources and feature requests
Status: NEW
Product: Websites
Classification: Other
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Assigned To: Nobody; OK to take it and work on it
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Reported: 2008-12-16 08:53 PST by Les Orchard [:lorchard]
Modified: 2011-08-23 17:38 PDT (History)
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Fix JSON generator on Windows (use os.path.join() more) (2.06 KB, patch)
2009-01-16 17:57 PST, Ryan McCue
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Description User image Les Orchard [:lorchard] 2008-12-16 08:53:02 PST
This bug serves to collect suggestions for additional data sources and feature requests for LizardFeeder following its first public release.
Comment 1 User image Les Orchard [:lorchard] 2009-01-06 07:27:46 PST
The current list of sources can be found in these config files:
Comment 2 User image Dietrich Ayala (:dietrich) 2009-01-06 10:28:07 PST
Very cool!

i'd like to load this in the sidebar so i can watch it while also browsing, but the layout is not amenable to narrow-izing.

if you put category list on the right instead of left, and remove the enforced min width on the text, it would allow this.
Comment 3 User image Dietrich Ayala (:dietrich) 2009-01-06 10:29:54 PST
also, please hook in XMPP and pump these out through an account, so i can get the stream via IM :)
Comment 4 User image Michael Bernstein 2009-01-07 08:02:12 PST
The replay function, while very cool, does not respect the checkbox selections.
Comment 5 User image Ryan McCue 2009-01-16 17:57:59 PST
Created attachment 357459 [details] [diff] [review]
Fix JSON generator on Windows (use os.path.join() more)

Fixes the JSON generator by using os.path.join() and os.sep instead of hardcoded forward slashes.
Comment 6 User image [:Cww] 2009-01-17 13:41:26 PST
Can you store the checked boxes and settings in a cookie so that I don't have to redo my prefs every time I load the site?

Related: can you have links open in a new tab/window to not interrupt the playback?
Comment 7 User image Andy Edmonds 2009-01-26 20:05:52 PST
Sparklines for content by type would be pretty neat.  Greasemonkey starter kit at

Readability is rough with items dropping in and pushing the one you're reading on down... not sure how best to solve that.

A evolving tag-cloud could be a nice backdrop.
Comment 8 User image Les Orchard [:lorchard] 2009-01-27 08:02:40 PST
(In reply to comment #5)
> Created an attachment (id=357459) [details]
> Fix JSON generator on Windows (use os.path.join() more)
> Fixes the JSON generator by using os.path.join() and os.sep instead of
> hardcoded forward slashes.

This patch looks okay to me, but I think Lizardfeeder has bigger problems than that for running under Windows.  I've only ever tried running it on Linux and OS X.  I just got Python installed under a Windows VM in Parallels, and there are all kinds of errors related to paths and such.  This probably warrants its own bug.

If we want to make Windows a priority, it might even be useful to wrap this thing in a desktop app launcher to lower the entry barrier.  It's been 4 or 5 years since I last did that with python on win, though
Comment 9 User image Les Orchard [:lorchard] 2009-01-27 11:37:47 PST
Switching components
Comment 10 User image Les Orchard [:lorchard] 2009-01-27 11:41:10 PST
(In reply to comment #5)
> Created an attachment (id=357459) [details]
> Fix JSON generator on Windows (use os.path.join() more)

FWIW: I filed bug 475576 to track fixes for Windows.
Comment 11 User image Brian Crowder 2009-01-28 13:25:01 PST
This is outstandingly cool.  An idea:  Maybe use an offline cache for the already-loaded data, so that if the page is reloaded that all can be gotten very quickly and then I can start looking at new things faster?
Comment 12 User image Ecaterina Valică 2009-02-04 04:13:49 PST
Hi. I've posted a design concept for the LizardFeeder at Tell me what you think.
Comment 13 User image Chris M 2009-02-04 13:10:41 PST
With the explosion of the GeoWeb in recent months, I would be curious to know how much of the information in this feed could contain a geographic component. Locations exist for most Twitter users, for example. Where they are available, IP addresses can be used as a fairly reliable location indicator. This may be asking too much, but I suspect some fantastic maps could be created using this data...
Comment 14 User image alfonso bozzelli 2009-02-09 01:09:55 PST
Another concept:
Comment 15 User image Po-chiang Chao [:bobchao] 2009-02-10 00:47:29 PST
two feeds from zh-TW:

name    = Mozilla Links Chinese
short   = mozlinks-zh
group   = blogs

name    = Planet MozTW
short   = planetmoztw
group   = blogs

and I think is a good resource for LizardFeeder:

name    = Tweets about Mozilla in
short   = identica-mozilla
group   = microblogs
Comment 16 User image Robert Accettura [:raccettura] 2009-02-10 05:59:00 PST
Perhaps create a twitter user that follows mozilla community members and use the stream's rss?

I think a simple search is overly broad and will bring in too much noise, but the above would be pretty interesting.
Comment 17 User image Alan 2009-02-15 13:09:47 PST
Just a note that items which contain double chevron-like quotes in their names are incorrectly converted to double speech marks. For example 'This » that' is displayed incorrectly as 'This " that'. I've been seeing this a lot with the Bespin hype popping up in the feeder.
Comment 18 User image Ecaterina Valică 2009-02-15 15:34:29 PST
Another concept idea for visualization: Hope you like it
Comment 19 User image Andy Edmonds 2009-02-20 06:00:47 PST
I played with a word cloud summarization notion... details:
Comment 20 User image Benjamin Wiederkehr 2009-02-20 15:24:31 PST
I've created a set of sketches to document my concept for the Lizard Reader frontend.

Screetnshots at:

Comment 21 User image Greg K Nicholson [:gkn] 2009-03-19 13:28:00 PDT
I'm in the UK: the time-zone shown claims to be “GMT+0000 (BST)”.

British Summer Time is GMT+0100, and doesn't start for another week – the “ST” is for “Summer Time”, not “Standard Time”.

During winter, the UK's time zone is just called “GMT”.

It *does* seem to be getting the time right, so I think this is just a labelling issue.

(In reply to comment #3)
> also, please hook in XMPP and pump these out through an account, so i
> can get the stream via IM :)
(—or *any* OpenMicroBlogging account, of course.)
Comment 22 User image Michael Gauthier [:gauthierm] 2009-08-21 12:48:33 PDT
Can you make a public, web-accessible OPML file for LizardFeeder? The provided RSS feed only shows activity during the last 10 minutes and is not useful for 3rd party sites.
Comment 23 User image Les Orchard [:lorchard] 2009-08-21 12:59:36 PDT
Can you mention what feed you're using?  As far as I remember, LizardFeeder doesn't produce any RSS feeds, just Atom.

The OPML is already available here:

FWIW, the main index for the Atom archives follows RFC 5005 pagination for additional entries.

You can chase the <link rel="next"> hrefs to dig up more entries.  But, there's also a more static window of Atom entries here:

The problem with that feed, though, is that it will drop a lot of entries if you're trying to keep up.
Comment 24 User image Michael Gauthier [:gauthierm] 2009-08-21 14:51:39 PDT
I was using the Atom feed that is provided via auto-discovery. It doesn't provide much useful content.

The OPML and Atom feeds you linked above are perfect for what I need, thanks :)
Comment 25 User image Takanori MATSUURA 2010-02-02 18:31:01 PST
Could you add Bugzilla-jp?

<outline type="rss" text="Bugzilla-jp activity" title="Bugzilla-jp Bugs" xmlUrl=""/>
Comment 26 User image Trevor 2010-03-10 20:40:41 PST
Please consider adding a filter to remove User: and User_talk: from the MDC feed, I do not believe that they are relevant in this context.


Also, for the same reason from,

Comment 27 User image Trevor 2010-03-10 20:47:01 PST
When you change the feed start time existing filters for wiki, code etc are ignored, requires checking and unchecking to remove them.

Expect that filters would remain when changing the start time.
Comment 28 User image Trevor 2010-03-10 20:48:14 PST
There is no filter for photo, please consider adding it.
Comment 29 User image Trevor 2010-03-10 20:57:57 PST
Changes to bugs show in the feed as attributed to the original submitter of the bug, not the person who made the last comment.

For example this will be attributed to l.m.orchard [:lorchard]
Comment 30 User image David Weir (satdav) 2010-03-20 20:19:11 PDT
it would be good if each volunteer of mozilla can have there personal blog and email like but with a catch you only use it for mozilla related stuff
Comment 31 User image Robert Accettura [:raccettura] 2010-03-20 20:31:44 PDT
Please keep this bug on topic.
Comment 32 User image fadlyfad 2010-10-13 05:29:39 PDT
Report Bug for
Comment 33 User image jorge alves 2011-01-31 14:50:41 PST
There's something wrong with the feed. It gets stuck the most recent code commits and doesn't update anymore.  The last code's timestamp doesn't change from "less than a minute ago", maybe this is an indication of the root cause?

I don't know if this is the proper place to file a bug report for this, but since it's linked directly from the page I'll take my chance.

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