I’m finally ready to share something that’s been running behind the scenes for awhile now. I call it The Raleigh Wire service and it’s more of a service-like “bot” that posts to this topic.
Using the city’s website and their open data portal, I’ve built a service that checks for updates and posts them publicly here on the Community. Right now, some site plan submissions and zoning requests are being tracked. The plan is to add more data sources in the future. Let’s see how this works here on the community first and go from there.
I named the bot, DevBot, and the thread is read-only. If something needs to start a new topic, we can copy and paste or just move it to start a new topic on a project.
This topic here is for questions, feedback, etc on the service.
I’m definitely a fan of the idea (and it’s a good way for people on this site to have the same baseline to have conversations on this forum). Heck, this could even turn into an interesting Twitter bot or a public website/news feed, too.
I totally understand the need for the acronyms, abbreviations etc. to make each bot output shorter. …but even then, I wonder if there’s a way to make it a bit more user-friendly and easier to read instantly.
For example, is there a way you could have it so that, if you hover your cursor over an acronym (which seems to only come from a finite list), it’ll show you what that word stands for? (I’m not sure how much control you have over this forum’s source code or formatting, but the CSS script for it doesn’t seem that hard to use)