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HELP: site ALWAYS report changes despite none

I'm trying to monitor changes to this website:

Simon ALWAYS reports there are changes even though there're none.

(or maybe a change in the ad cycle?)

I need help in specifying the Smart Change parameters so Simon will only report changes if there're new articles posted.

I've tried the header (changes between "Date:" and "GMT"), and source (changes between "gm.navigation" and "-->"), both without success.

David Sinclair's picture

Re: HELP: site ALWAYS report changes despite none

Try looking in the source for start text of:

<h1 class="title">News</h1>

and end text of:

<div class="pagination">

That should narrow it down to just the news items.

THANKS I'm giving it a shot

THANKS I'm giving it a shot now.

Hi David, It didn't work :(

Hi David,

It didn't work :( news items were updated recently, Simon didn't alert.

Looking at the source now, the parameters you listed above would only check the BLANK SPACE in the source I believe... because there's a right after the first parameter.

Any other ideas please? :( Thanks a lot in advance.

David Sinclair's picture

Re: Hi David, It didn't work :(

Well, you could start with the Start text, and choose some other suitable source text for the End text. Or even leave it blank to check to the end of the source, if the dynamic stuff is before the Start text.

Thanks that (leaving the end

Thanks that (leaving the end of the source blank) did the trick!