Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


Finding usernums (for the comment monitor)

dws asks:

How do I discover the usernum for a Radio blog that isn't hosted by or For example how do I find the usernum for or
First, most Radio blogs use the comment server ( for comments, so you can get the server address by clicking on the '' option in the comment monitor. You can find the usernum by looking at the comment links on the blog itself.

For example, Mouse over a 'Comment' link and you will see something like:
The usernum is the number after 'u='. In this case, 1026. So you can see John Robb's comments by subscribing to user 1026 on

Now, is a different matter because it uses YACCS, Hossein Sharifi's comment service. If you find a blog using YACCS, you don't want to use the comment monitor because YACCS already provides RSS feeds for comments. You can subscribe to a feed for one particular thread by clicking on the 'XML' icon or the coffee mug next to the 'Add a comment' prompt, or you can get a feed for all comments on that blog by looking at the URL on a comments RSS feed (here's one from <-- thread RSS
... and changing it to look like this: <-- blog RSS
You need to change 'xmlrssthread?b=' to 'xmlrssblog?blog_id=' and drop off the '&e=...' bit at the end.

Enjoy ;)
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