New feature: Customise your news

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Earlier, I promised you a new feature, so here it is:

Several people have emailed recently to say something like: "It's great that Brickset has expanded its news coverage and caters for people all round the world but, you know what, I'm in <insert country here> and I'm not really that interested in what's available in KMart on the other side of the world, so can I somehow filter the news to show me just what I'm interested in?..."

Well, now you can. If you're logged in you'll see a new link in the title bar above: 'Customise your news'. It'll take you to a page where you can specify what categories of articles you'd like to see in this list. Cool, eh!

As well being good for you, the reader, this feature will also hopefully encourage the admins to post more local news, safe in the knowledge that they are not boring people with no interest in it. [Note to admins: be sure to select the most appropriate category when posting so this feature works properly :-)]

Not yet a member? Register now to take advantage of this and many other cool features. It's free and easy!

As always, feedback is welcome...

21 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

GRREEEEAT!!! Perfect! Already set-up everything! I won't be bored anymore :)!

BTW, "Site updates" has changed to "Brickset news", right?

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By in United Kingdom,

this is awesome :D

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By in Germany,

Excuse me AGAIN: Can there be a "select all" and a "de-select all" in the "Customise your news" menu?

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By in United States,

Does this affect the RSS feed being served?

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By in Curaçao,

@moop2000, no, as there's no way to authenticate you. It also doesn't affect the mobile site but it will do when I've tweaked it.

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By in United States,

@Huw - great addition but then I never would have known there was something called a BEANO... :o)

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By in United States,

Weird....I'm keeping it the same. Like yellowcastle said a few minutes earlier, you can learn about places all around the world! :)

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By in United States,

@yellowcastle - Yeah, I didn't even know BEANO existed=P

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By in Sweden,

Great feature. A first in the Lego community (that I'm aware of).
But I note that you have the english speaking countries as individual selections and then "Europe" and "the rest of the world". Is there a reason for this?

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By in Curaçao,

@superkalle10, mainly because, unfortunately, the non-English speaking world is underrepresented here in terms of news. Maybe if and when we have more contributors from other countries it will be worth expanding the categories.

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By in United States,

cool new feature Huw! pretty soon there wont be any new site updates cuz' the site already has them all! keep up the good work!
yellowcastle-well i knew of Beano, that is, the drug beano, not the comic!

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By in United Kingdom,

most excellent! thanks!

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By in United States,

I just used the feature, thanks Huw! Like Alemas, I won't be bored hearing about things on the other side of the world. :)

What an idea!

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice feature but not something I'll use, I want to know what's going on everywhere!

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By in Israel,

great idea! bravo!

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By in United States,

You didn't mention, though, that you can also filter results on-the-fly by clicking on the category name below the article title!

I see myself using this method more instead of shutting out a whole bunch of stuff automatically, but that's what I like about multiple avenues of customization! This way you can have your cake AND cookies and eat them both - if you're interested in learning about how weird British magazine names are, you don't have to hide UK news articles, but can click on 'Shopping News (US)' to get all the info for that category in one place without having to read 'Beano' all over the page ;)

Although, I could see now splitting RSS feeds into their appropriate categories - I presume the XML for the feed is dynamically generated, just add the same parameter filtering to RSS as you do to the /news pages now!

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By in Curaçao,

@vynsane, you spotted that -- good -- thanks for the suggestion :-)

Good idea about the RSS feeds too, that should be fairly easy.

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By in Poland,

Thank you!!
That's really useful and I'm really glad you added this feature. I also wanted to comment somewhere on how annoying it is to scroll through the news I have no interest in. Plus I would get excited that there's something new just to see it's some local sale.

But it doesn't work at all for the news archive - for me it filters only what's on the home page - is this supposed to be like that?

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By in Curaçao,

@Leela, you'll see everything in the news archive but you can filter by category from the menu.

Congrats on a 1-2-3 finish in the Speedway GP this evening :-)

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By in United States,

"Thanks Huw! But I'm going to keep my settings mostly the same because I think it's kinda neet to see LEGO news from around the world!"

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By in United Kingdom,

@wolfgang *agree*

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