[seqfan] Re: twitter-like features on OEIS

Olivier Gerard olivier.gerard at gmail.com
Mon Oct 24 23:13:10 CEST 2011


Like many others I would very much like to have a way to subscribe to
sequence modifications
(by tweets, RSS feeds, daily email, or any other technological variation).
It is a pity we
can do it on the wiki but not on the sequences. We must also be careful not
to overload
the OEIS systems with generation of outgoing contents.

But I think this would be a very bad idea to have a "just modified by many
or trendy sequence" feed.
It could generate many concurrent edits, especially on sequence with already
a large
number of items, links, comments, which are already difficult enough.

I think an encyclopedia is not a place for this kind attention pikes.

But we can certainly think about various ways to browse the OEIS and
discover its depth, picking for instance.

 - random (like the OEIS webcam)
 - random inside a particular thematic or keywords
 - recent nice sequences
 - recent sequence with added b-file
 - refering to an arxiv article less than a month old
 - ...

Anything which can increase the serendipituous qualities of the OEIS
could be beneficial.


On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 20:08, Charles Greathouse <
charles.greathouse at case.edu> wrote:

> It should be possible to make a script that scrapes the
> keyword:changed|keyword:new search page to update a database that
> would allow these.  I think seeing trending sequences would be cool --
> at a first stab, this could be 'sequences which have been edited by
> many people recently'.  Unfortunately this would only work for
> sequences which have been approved, which limits its Twitter-like
> speed.  I guess it could scrape /drafts as well.
> Charles Greathouse
> Analyst/Programmer
> Case Western Reserve University
> On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 1:39 PM, Russ Cox <rsc at swtch.com> wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 1:03 PM, N. J. A. Sloane <njas at research.att.com>
> wrote:
> >> Dear Seqfans, Someone asked if the new OEIS has
> >> any of the following twitter-like capabilities:
> >> - following a contributor
> >> - friending a sequence
> >> - trending
> >> - etc.
> >>
> >> I don't use twitter myself. Can the OEIS do these things?
> >> If someone can tell me how, I will add a note to the
> >> Welcome Page (which I am currently working on).
> >
> > At the moment, the OEIS doesn't do any of these things,
> > which are all ways of saying "notify me when X happens"
> > for some value of X.
> >
> > Russ
> >
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