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RumpelstiltskinRSS is a web based RSS reader for your Gengo Jobs RSS. After some one-time steps, you can use any browser on any device to alert you for new jobs. As a bonus, RumpelstiltskinRSS does some filtering for you so you will only be alerted if the size and level of the job meet your preferences, taking the time of day into account.

I optimized RumpelstiltskinRSS for my own needs, but tried to make it so that it can be used by all translators. You can find RumpelstiltskinRSS at http://rumpelstiltskin.appje.nl/rss/. For a description how to use it, follow the Introduction link.

Note that you can set the refresh interval to either 31 or 62 seconds. Use 31 for optimal chances to grab a job, without breaching Gengo's demand to access your Jobs RSS at most twice per minute. Or use 62 to test if RumpelstiltskinRSS suits you, while still running your current RSS reader (set to check at most once per minute) on another device.

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    Alexander

    Hi ElectricSix,

    Thanks for your second message. Yes, I can see in your log files RumpelstiltskinRSS sees multiple Pro jobs, but decides 0 of them are worth alerting you.

    It's rather late now in my time zone. I'll have a closer look at the data tomorrow. Meanwhile, it could be helpful if you sent me your email address so I could contact you directly if I need more information.

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    Alexander

    Hi ElectricSix,

    I think I found the bug: if the source language is character based and the job is Pro, the job is treated as Ultra (Proofread).

    Apparently, most people set their preferences for Pro and Ultra the same in the past, so the bug was never noticed. However, since the Ultra level has been discontinued by Gengo long ago, I recently decided it was about time to remove the Ultra preferences.

    So, when a Pro job is found, it's checked against your non-existent Ultra preferences, and as it happens the outcome is always this job is deemed not interesting for you. Also, since my pair is word based, I was not affected by this bug and had no clue what you were talking about.

    As a workaround, I put back in the Ultra preferences. Please set them manually the same as your Pro preferences. This should restore the previous behavior.

    One of these days, I will modify the code so it properly uses your Pro preferences. After that, your Ultra preferences should not make any difference and I will remove them again.

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    Sara

    Hi Alexander,

    Just a heads-up that both sites are not working... http://rumpelstiltskin.appje.nl/rss/ can't connect to Gengo, and rmpl.nl/index.php won't even load the page (HTTP error 500). Don't mean to pressure you to sort it out if you've got other things to do, but I'm just writing this so that you're aware of how things are going in case you haven't taken a look in a while. Rumpelstiltskin RSS is a great tool and I've enjoyed using it. Just say the word about how much you want to charge for it, and a bunch of us will be happy to chip in, I bet.

    Thanks,

    Sara

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    Sara

    P.S. - Sometimes I have success with http://rumpelstiltskin.appje.nl/rumpelstiltskin//rss/index.php... it's just super hit-or-miss.

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    Alexander

    Hi Sara,

    Around the time you wrote about this HTTP error 500, I was uploading a new version. Because of your message, I restored the old version, and it seems to work fine again. Please let me know if you still experience this problem on rmpl.nl.

    I cannot solve the problem that the other server can't connect to Gengo. It's caused by the high traffic load due to other customers of my old provider. Everyone who still uses that version: please switch to http://rmpl.nl for your own good.

    I plan to create native mobile app versions for iOS and Android. I expect it will take me a month to create the initial versions. Due to other things in my life, I cannot tell yet which month that will be, but it has a high priority on my to do list.

    Once both native mobile app versions have proven to be as reliable as I want them to be, I'll return to the issue of charging for using them. From the responses I received so far, both on this forum and in private mails, I feel confident I can get enough financial support one way or another to justify the extra time and money I spend on further development and maintenance of RumpelstiltskinRSS. So I'll be happy to pick a more expensive provider if that appears to be the only way to make the current web based version stable in the near future.

    Everyone, please keep sending bug reports and feature requests, either on this forum or via the Contact page within RumpelstiltskinRSS, and I will see what I can do for you.

    Thanks,
    Alexander

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    Alexander

    Just a small update: chances are I will release the mobile app version for iOS somewhere in September. It will be able to run in the background, and alert the user with a sound and a text at the top of the screen when it detects a job. Of course, it can also run in the foreground. In that case it resembles the web version, except that it is much more stable. It should run on any iPod touch, iPhone or iPad with iOS 7 or later.

    After releasing the iOS version, I will focus on the Android version. That will take some more time, since I don't have experience with programming for Android, but from the research I did so far I expect I can mimic all functionality I put in the iOS version. My first guess is I will release the Android version around November.

    The hardest part of this project is to find time to work on it. In the past 3 weeks, I spent some 25 hours on it. The current iOS version seems to work fine, except that it runs in the Xcode simulator only (Xcode = the programming environment). I plan to buy a real device with a recent iOS version to test some functionality that is not available in the simulator (nor in the aging iOS devices that I own right now).

    In 2017, I plan to put in more features, and perhaps (depending on user demand) to support more platforms.

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    Paulo C.

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    Val

    Hi, Alexander! Thank you so much for your hard work!

    Maybe you could start a crowdfunding project, I'm sure many of us will be glad to chip in, as Sara said.

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    Paulo C.

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    Paulo C.

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    Val

    How? It's just like any other RSS feed, only dedicated to Gengo. But still a RSS feed which is Gengo's way to check jobs.

    I don't get errors. I do get errors sometimes with other RSS feed readers. 

    The system is blocked because there are too many of us and not enough jobs.

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    Lara Fernandez

    @Paulo - I received your email earlier today, but didn't have time to reply to you yet. I apologize for that.

    We have looked into RumpelstiltskinRSS before, and found that it complies with Gengo's policy and didn't break any rules.

    I understand your frustration, but I don't think the forums are the best place to lash out, especially against your fellow translators or translator developers like Rumpelstiltskin creator, Alexander. I'd like to use this opportunity to remind you all of our Guidelines for Participation - so that we can all have a calm discussion :)

    Guidelines for Participation
    DO help others—if you can! :)
    DO respect your fellow translators and Senior Translators
    DON’T report urgent technical issues; these go here
    DON’T make comments that are hurtful, mean or likely to make anyone uncomfortable

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    Sara

    @ IN VACATIONS   You do know that Alexander isn't a Gengo employee, right? He created and maintains the RSS feed project on his own time, with his own resources, thus sacrificing time he could be translating or relaxing. He doesn't owe us anything. If anything, I'd say that we owe him!

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    Paulo C.

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    Lara Fernandez

    @Paulo - Of course you can express your opinion, and I understand your frustration.

    What I am saying here is that we have never found RumpelstiltskinRSS to break any rules, so while your opinion is greatly appreciated (if the fact is that it doesn't work for you, that would be an objective fact), accusations are a different thing (blaming lack of jobs solely on Alexander's tool, for example, as in "This RSS is blocking the system.")

    Feedback is always welcome, all I wanted is to remind everyone here to keep their cool ;)

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    Paulo C.

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    carla m.

    Do you have two accounts?

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    Lara Fernandez

    @cm - I have checked and he doesn't. He just changed his nickname and picture ;)

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    carla m.

    A bit confusing but ok, I guess :-)

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    Alexander

    @Val, @Lara, @Sara - Thanks for your kind words.

    @Paulo - I don't take your words personal, and I will be happy to solve any issue you have with RumpelstiltskinRSS if I can. However, from what you wrote so far I don't have a clue what exactly is bothering you. If it's just the general complaint that it's hard to grab jobs, I am convinced this has nothing to do with RumpelstiltskinRSS.

    If you want me to do something about the issue you mention, try to be more specific about it. What exactly did you do, and what happened next, as opposed to what you expected to happen? Only if you give me a detailed description of the issue I can try to solve it. The screenshot you attached to you post on August 17, 2016, 23:56 could be part of such a description, but I need the story around that screenshot before I can do anything with it.

    If you want to contact me directly, you can find my email address on the RumpelstiltskinRSS Contact page.

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    Paulo C.

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    Paulo C.

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    Val

    I agree that the system is wrong but Alexander has nothing to do with this. You get the error messages because the job was taken. It happens to me all the time but it also happened before I used Rumpelstiltskin. The only change was that before it said it was taken, not the system gives you an error message. The system changed the notification for "This job is already taken". 

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    Paulo C.

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    Paulo C.

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    Alexander

    @Paulo - What do you mean @xxx doesn't work? I used it twice in the first few words of this reply :-)

    It may well be that in general hackers are more active in the regions you mention than anywhere else in the world, but that does not mean that rmpl.nl is affected in particular. What exactly do you suspect hackers have done to compromise RumpelstiltskinRSS?

    What exactly happened when you got these 500 errors (502/503...etc)? Did my tool fail to refresh its page, showing these errors instead? Did you get an alert for a job and did the error occur when you tried to access the workbench from within RumpelstiltskinRSS? Did the errors occur in another way?

    If you use more than one RSS reader, like RumpelstiltskinRSS + Bamboo + whatever, beware that Gengo allows you to access your RSS feed at most twice per minute. To discourage updating more frequently, Gengo uses a per translator cache mechanism that 'freezes' the info for a minute. In the situation you described, perhaps the cache was refreshed when Bamboo accessed the server, and RumpelstiltskinRSS accessed the cache 40 seconds later, finding the same info. Some other day it may be the other way around: RumpelstiltskinRSS triggers the cache to refresh, and Bamboo gets the 'second-hand' data some time later.

    As for your request to delete your comments on this forum: sorry, I have no way to do that. If you don't want your comments to appear here, but still want to discuss things with me, you can use the Contact page in RumpelstiltskinRSS. Just scroll down and use the Contact link.

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    Lara Fernandez

    @Paulo - As an exception, I will be complying with your request this one time and deleting your comments. However, I strongly recommend that, if you consider commenting again, you think carefully about what you want to say (after all, this is a public forum) and whether it is something that you will regret posting (and therefore request to have deleted later on) before you save it.

    Since the options for editing / deleting comments are not available for translators at the moment, I don't think it would be fair to continue deleting comments in what would end up looking like a broken discussion.

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    Paulo C.

    Lara. I just came back here to see if you had seen.

    I am not wiling to comment on fóruns anymore.

    Otherwise I wouldn't asked for it.

    For the end of discussion. I wasn't notified bt @xxx.

    Only if subscribe I receive a notification.

    Deleting and editing comments is a Human Right (the right to be forgotten).

    I only am asking to be forgotten.

    FOR THE RECORDS LARA! I NEVER WILL...BUT NEVER...EVER...COME HERE AGAIN.

    I hope you understand that...I was using my freedom of expression...

    Public Foruns. NO! ANYMORE IN MY LIFE! ANYWHERE.

    Alexander: If you want Help. Search for me on the web.

    Lara, have a great rest of the week.

    END and Unsubscribing again.

     

     

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    Lara Fernandez

    @Paulo - I agree, it would be best to have the option for the owner to edit / delete their own comments. (And hopefully we will be able to implement it in the future!) But I hope you also understand that, since the option is not available for all at the moment, for the sake of equality, there should be no distinctions :) 

     

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    Alexander

    In the past few days, I saw the message

    "Resource Limit Is Reached - The website is temporarily unable to service your request as it exceeded resource limit. Please try again later."

    for http://rmpl.nl more often than I found acceptable. Therefore I upgraded the hosting package to unlimited data traffic today. I hope this solves the issue. Let me know if you still see this message.

    As for the old server, most users got the message by now they shouldn't access it anymore. One of these days I will disable the version on the old server and redirect anyone who still tries to access it to http://rmpl.nl.

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