Negative Filter RSS feeds??
July 16, 2008 2:14 PM   Subscribe

How can I filter a feed based on the absence of terms rather than the presence? I've used feed sifter before, but this won't handle terms you want excluded? Specifically, I'd like to set up an rss to Amazon's Gold Box that excludes the terms jewelry, necklace and watch as that would massively cut down the clutter from this feed.
posted by ewiley28 to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Yahoo Pipes lets you make custom feeds excluding certain terms, I think.
posted by acidic at 2:21 PM on July 16, 2008

Yup. Yahoo Pipes can easily do that, and a lot more. There is a "filter" block that you can pipe feeds through that lets you either block or permit items matching a set of rules you specify. I've used it to make a feed for my university's newspaper without the stories about things I don't care about or will read elsewhere.
posted by whatnotever at 2:57 PM on July 16, 2008

I just did this yesterday with Yahoo pipes. One issue I had is that there is a time lag for the altered feed. (On the other hand, this could be a google reader issue).
posted by |n$eCur3 at 3:49 PM on July 16, 2008

Yahoo Pipes (echo echo echo)

And yeah, |n$eCur3, that's what you give up when you use Google Reader. There's no "button to refresh all feeds on demand." I've seen it published somewhere that if you're the only person that subscribes to a feed, it's only checked once a day, and that if 2 or more subscribe, it's checked hourly. (My own experience suggests otherwise. Lifehacker seems to update every 10 minutes, and my own Pipes feeds where I know I am the only subscriber seem to update hourly.)
posted by mysterious1der at 4:07 PM on July 16, 2008

See also Feed Rinse.
posted by scottreynen at 5:37 PM on July 16, 2008

« Older Quite a snafu at court today   |   Get me to Chapel Hill from NYC! Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.