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Flipper: fanfiction.net search application

Discussion in 'Fanfic Discussion' started by zekses, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. zekses

    zekses First Year

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    Flipper allows you to search within fanfiction.net in some ways ffn, or ever Scryer won't allow. Additionally, it allows you to gradually cleanup your searches from the stuff you've already read leaving only the fics you haven't seen yet in your search results.

    Oh, and with it you can have your read queue and keep track of what you've already finished.

    I've been personally using it for more than a year now and I can finally share a version that doesn't have much inexplicable quirks, which could annoy people unfamiliar with how it operates.

    Flipper for Windows can be found here: https://github.com/Zeks/flipper/releases/download/1.0.0/flipper_1.0.0.7z

    (it requires MSVC2015 redistributable installed)

    Flipper for Mac is not yet a thing, but now that I have a stable version I can finally research what I can do about that.

    The manual can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fJ1P3y3UBY4OjEHosBCo3OtlIC2sycfrL3aC2yqNiP8/edit?usp=sharing

    It kind of fills the same niche as Scryer, but does some things better. Admittedly, it also doesn't have a buch of stuff scryer has as I had different priorties while building it.
     
  2. KGB

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    I'm just going to say what I always do when something like this pops up. It needs an ignore functions.

    Most of the time when I'm just browsing FFN I don't really know what I want to read. But I know 100% of the time what I don't want to see. There just simply will never be a time where I see a robst fic and think: "Hey the last 4 times it was shit, but I bet this one is different". Same with slash, or certain pairings. And fics that I just dislike.

    So the ability to filter out what I don't want to read is the primary way to increase chances of me finding something new and interesting, since I'm not wasting time on wading through the same old trash. (Also since it keeps track of what's been read. A snooze type button, where a fic does not show up in results until after a new chapter for it has been posted would be grand.)

    P.S. Your post sort of makes it unclear if your the author or not. I assume you are?
     
  3. zekses

    zekses First Year

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    Well, with flipper you just tag such a fic with some tag of your choice once and you won't see it in search results again.

    A way to ignore authors is probably a good idea, I will see what I can do about that.
    Ignoring slash can kinda be done by "-Words Slash"(it will make sure "no slash" is not filtered out) + tagging anything that still goes through.
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    I actually like your snooze idea, a way to one-click-hide until fic has more chapters is interesting and something I might explore.

    Though I personally just categorize stuff into "reading" with tags for this and periodically check by filtering on "tags:reading+update date" It's a bit better than waiting until such a fic reemerges in your default search results randomly. But tags + snooze definitely has merit
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    And on the subject of slash filter. It's better to be extra careful than extra smart. A very good example is that scryer filters out "Lily and the art of being Sysiphus" when set to ignore slash. This is a great fic and it's totally not slash since its fem!Harry. Scryer doesn't know anyhing about it and if you trust its automation to protect you against slash you are missing out on this gem. I prefer "once tagged, never see again" routine
     
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  4. Horton

    Horton First Year

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    Why bother with Windows/Mac/Linux/etc when you can just make it a webapp? You can get a VPS fairly cheap.
     
  5. zekses

    zekses First Year

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    I am, indeed, planning to turn it into a web app. The necessary code refactoring for that is underway. The core of flipper will eventually power a server part of a website. But as I am completely unfamiliar with web development I made something I could use first and will worry about web conversion later.
     
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  6. Harry_J_Potter

    Harry_J_Potter Second Year

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    Good job.
    Now I need to boot win95 on my phone or compile it for Android.
     
  7. zekses

    zekses First Year

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    Or run it with WINE. People told me it runs without any problems on Mac like that
     
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