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mparizeau
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ERE "All Posts" Index

Post by mparizeau » Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:54 pm

I found ERE through MMM and had a similar compulsion to read through all the posts. Since there doesn't seem to be an organized list of all posts I created a little script that downloads and parses all the posts using the originally posted date to sort them in chronological order. The code is on github if anyone is interested in modifying or changing the formatting of the results https://github.com/mparizeau/ERE-TOC-Scraper.

You can view an example output here: http://htmlpreview.github.io/?https://g ... sults.html

I actually found http://earlyretirementextreme.com/wiki/ ... ed_by_Date after I made the script so I could update that but maybe Jacob could add a page similar to http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/all-the- ... g-of-time/ on the site for any future explorers?

Hopefully this is useful to someone besides myself! (Btw I'm an I(S/N)TJ and took to the ERE ideas like a duck to water)

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Re: ERE "All Posts" Index

Post by vexed87 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 6:51 am

Welcome and well done for showing the initiative to create the script. Definitely update the wiki, its collaborative for a reason :)

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Re: ERE "All Posts" Index

Post by almostthere » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:51 am

Yeah, that is really nice work. It would be nice to be able to find it on the wiki easily.

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Re: ERE "All Posts" Index

Post by cmonkey » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:52 am

I agree, some sort of archive page would be handy. I still get the daily emails and read them each day just because I enjoy them.

I like the output of your script but notice its quite different from the wiki page. Its hard to tell which is correct due to the blog dates being updated by the autoblogger.

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Re: ERE "All Posts" Index

Post by Gilberto de Piento » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:05 am

The blog admin could enable the Wordpress "Archives" or "Calendar" widget in the sidebar to provide users with a list of all articles grouped by date. It's included by default in every wordpress installation. It may treat the automatic posts as new posts though which might be why it isn't turned on.

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Re: ERE "All Posts" Index

Post by jacob » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:29 am

@GdP - Yes it does and that's why it isn't. FWIW, unless you're interested in my "development" as a writer, there's little point in reading the posts sorted by date (as opposed to e.g. length). I've written very few "timely" posts. Those that are timely have been tagged and are not recycled.

@all - It seems that the wiki page is far from complete! I've written about 1000 posts total. They're all listed on the sitemap which is linked on the front page.

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Re: ERE "All Posts" Index

Post by mparizeau » Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:00 am

Thanks for the replies!

I'll update the wiki later today or maybe tomorrow when I have some more time. The script reads the originally posted date at the bottom of the post, if it isn't there it reads the posted date and if there's an exact tie for the dates then there seems to be a post id in the html and puts the smaller id first (not sure if this is correct but probably close enough). I found that there were a couple cases where the date was earlier but the id was higher but I'm not quite sure why so using it as a tie breaker just makes sure the posts always sort in the same order.

@jacob - I guess you're right about the timely posts. I originally started reading by going next post, next post but occasionally found some that would have been interesting to read in context. Also good idea about sorting by post length... The script could be updated to do that pretty easily so I may do that when I have time or if someone else wants to then go ahead!

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Re: ERE "All Posts" Index

Post by mparizeau » Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:49 pm

Quick update:
I've updated the wiki with all of the posts sorted by date http://earlyretirementextreme.com/wiki/ ... ed_by_Date
I've also added a new page with all the posts sorted by word count http://earlyretirementextreme.com/wiki/ ... _by_Length

Let me know if you find anything in the output that doesn't seem correct.

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