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XML feed


So I take it there is no XML RecentChanges feed available at this time? I know pages can be exported through Special:Export, but what I really want to do is mirror a wiki in real time by reading a continuous feed of XML-formatted recent changes. IIRC, revisions are in some sort of space-saving format that only stores the diff rather than the two different versions in their entirety. Might not XML be done the same way, and thereby save on data transfer costs? I want to propose an extension and begin work on it, if someone hasn't already implemented this functionality. Thanks, Tisane 17:59, 29 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

I would have thought it possible to get a diff from the API, but I can't seem to figure it out. Although not ideal, I suppose it is possible to use the RecentChanges feed for replication purposes. You'd have to parse the provided description to extract a usable diff out of it, but it should at least be possible. Reach Out to the Truth 13:51, 30 March 2010 (UTC)Reply
Yeah. I submitted bug 23001 on this issue, and hopefully I got across well enough what I'm trying to accomplish. I think using XML is probably the best long-term solution. I'm not sure why OAI-PMH was too expensive. Wikimedia seems to make a fair chunk of change by selling access to its feeds (see the question on "program income") but it seems like they don't care as much about it as they used to and may not even offer it anymore; Kul didn't return my email inquiring about it. This extension looks like it's going to be a major project; I better inquire further into what happened with OAI-PMH before starting. Tisane 14:40, 30 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

page move


Whoooaa! Thanks for my user page move - I didn't put User namespace in my signature and clicked on red link - fixed! --Marooned 16:32, 8 September 2010 (UTC)Reply



You've been doing some excellent gnoming and support work. Would you like me to make you an administrator? —Emufarmers(T|C) 05:23, 8 February 2011 (UTC)Reply

Yeah, that sounds acceptable. :)Reach Out to the Truth 05:33, 8 February 2011 (UTC)Reply
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You helped me with an explanation to understand the function of a token. However, nobody could help to solve the problem of the watchlist error yet. Could you have a look at this again or forward the question to someone who could help? Thanks a lot in advance, --ThT (talk) 15:17, 26 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

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