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It's not a "plea to have someone help me." As for spending a few dollars, I actually spent quite a few on the development of an add-on for Vanilla back when I was still doing for profit work. A client needed a forum for an aggregate research website and needed to be able to subscribe using email. Shelled out quite a lot for that functionality. I believe I also had to purchase a couple of licenses for the software. Thought some of the greed had disappeared when it went open-source. I guess not.
Change line 246 of the plugin and it will still post into the "root" category every time. If you look in views/magpiefeeds.php You will see what I meant about the comments. The option to turn the random on and off is commented out, and it doesn't work even if it is included.
I work sun-up to sun down. I haven't touched money in over 2 years. I cross-post animals in the evenings, work on setting up sites and create positive action graphics and network animals until I fall asleep. Every so often, like today, I get some time during the day. It has been afternoon storming daily here for a week. However, after talking to the director of our organization, I have been authorized to purchase a functioning module for another site we set up using oxwall software for $10. Supposedly it does what this module is supposed to. I like the simplicity of vanilla because it is more user-friendly and easier to customize than oxwall, but oh well. I'll work with what works.
We have 2 campaigns that need this functionality: 1) Code red shelter pets. 2) The Justice for Lennox, anti-BSL movement.
The second has over 200,000 members, and is spread out across several pages. All of them have feeds, and a few hundred people have mentioned that they would like a centralized website they can subscribe to, so they can keep track of all updates on one site. Keeping up the momentum will help us stop things like THIS: [Photo deleted by UnderDog] Since this page has no donation links I would have been happy to include one with a "donate to the developers of the software that made this possible" link.
The first will allow cross-posted shelter pets who are about to DIE to be viewed by rescuers and potential adopters on one site. We will also use the consolidated feed to create a flash widget that people can grab the code for and easily include on their sites. Not to mention the ability to consolidate the notification emails into one site/page. Since facebook switched to timeline and started charging for promotion of page posts, the lifesaving capabilities of the cross-posting networks have been cut in half. Some shelters that were no longer killing have started mass euthanizing again. This module, if functioning, had the potential to turn that around.
I didn't want to have to re-build the networking sites that are already running Vanilla. However, after receiving a reply from a cynical pr*%k it just became worth the trouble. We will not be using Vanilla any more.