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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Planet MySQL?

Planet MySQL is an aggregation of blogs and news from MySQL developers and users. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.

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Who owns and maintains Planet MySQL?

Oracle/MySQL owns the domain names and the MySQL Community Team is responsible for its maintenance, together with the MySQL Web Team.

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What feeds are aggregated on Planet MySQL?

Any blogs and other feeds related to MySQL that we know about. We currently have four feed classes:

  • Community: feeds from individuals
  • Employee: blogs by employees of Oracle
  • Official: official news feeds from the other Oracle sites
  • Team: feeds with more than one author
  • Team (Employee): feeds with more than one employee of Oracle
The feed classes are just a logical ordering, it allows the system to show a little logo next to employees, and show a different color for official news items.

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How is the list of most active authors calculated?

We calculate the most active authors by counting the number of postings over the last 3 months.

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How often does Planet MySQL update?

We update several times an hour. New entries are added to the local archive, and updates to existing are also detected and processed (posts timestamped more than one hour in the future are ignored). The front page and RSS 2.0 feed are then generated statically, to have an optimal response time and reduce server load. The main page displays the latest 10 entries (paged, you can browse), the RSS feed contains the latest 50 entries.

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Can I get my feed added to Planet MySQL?

Sure! Fill in the submission form linked from the top navigation bar.

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How does the list of "most active" authors in the right sidebar work?

Since we use MySQL for storage, we can run queries on the data. This list is of all authors who have made two or more posts during the last three months. So, it neatly and automatically keeps track of which authors are the most active on Planet MySQL. Now, do remember that Planet MySQL only stores MySQL-related items, so an author may well have written lots of entries on other topics in his or her blog. Those non-MySQL entries are not counted here.

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Do you apply some kind of filtering, or do you use categories?

Planet MySQL can take categorized feeds, but it can also handle an uncategorized feed: it then filters for MySQL-related content using a simple regular expression with some magic keywords. All relevant text fields from feed entries are scanned. So this way, a general blog or news source that occasionally has a MySQL related item can be aggregated also. Only entries that pass the filter are stored in the local archive.

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What languages can you aggregate?

We have support for languages other than English, and includes German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese We are happy to add additional languages if there are enough feeds to make it worthwhile.

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What character encoding do you use?

We use a mixture of ISO-8859-1 and UTF-8 All new languages including Japanese are set to UTF-8. Hopefully in the future all languages will be UTF-8 friendly!

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Can I browse the Planet MySQL archives?

Follow the Archives link in the top navigation bar. Right now the main archives page just shows all posts since day 0 for a particular language (most recent posts first), but later you will be able to browse based on dates, authors and topics.

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Can I search the Planet MySQL archives?

You may search the copy of the posts that we keep at PlanetMySQL. Simply type in your search string into the search box available in the sidebar. We use MySQL's FULLTEXT search capabilities on a MyISAM table. You may use the options that are available for boolean mode searches to customize your search as required.

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Can I search the Tags?

To search tags you may enter a comma delimited list into the search input box on the sidebar preceded by "Tags:". For example, searching for the tags "MySQL" and "Open Source" will require you to enter "Tags: MySQL, Open Source". Try it out and see!

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Can I edit a post's tags to make them more relevant?

Yes! We have enabled the ability to edit any posts tags if you are logged in. Be warned, please do not abuse this privilege. Simply click "edit" next to the tags, enter the tags, or remove tags that are incorrect and click "go".

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I am an author of a blog, how do I set my tags?

SimplePie automatically picks up the tags or categories that you enter your tag with when you publish your post. We will import those tags into PlanetMySQL. If you already tag your post with relevant tags, you have nothing to worry about!

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I have a comment about Planet MySQL - where do I send my feedback?

Just use the feedback link in the top navigation bar. Thanks!

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How does voting on PlanetMySQL work??

We've enabled voting on entries on a thumbs up/thumbs down system as long as you have a MySQL.com account. To vote, register for a MySQL.com account and then login to vote, choose thumbs up or thumbs down next to any of the entries.

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