Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hey #PLN, I Need Your Help

Here's an email I sent to the trusted tester group of the birdfeeder add-on:
Hi everyone,
tl;dr - I don't want your money, I just need you to click on a star one time.
So I've been hacking away, trying to figure out a work around to get Birdfeeder to work at a rate better than one-tweet-per-hour. This is the limit imposed by Google on how often an add-on can trigger. Suffice to say, it's not easy to get around!
I didn't anticipate this problem since the documentation isn't clear about my specific use case. The limits when I'm writing and testing code are less restrictive than those placed on the exact same code when it's used as an add-on.
This is where I need your help. I've submitted a feature request to allow users to create triggers in an add-on subject to the same restrictions placed on triggers in the script editor. If all that is gobbledegook to you, don't worry. To support my request, all you need to do is click on this link and star the issue. We can tell Google that we want this!
Thanks for helping me with this. It's been a huge disappointment to me that the add-on is practically useless.
In the meantime, you're still welcome to use Birdfeeder, but just make sure that you enter an interval of more than 60 minutes between tweets. I know, I know, what's the point? Well, you could put it out on social media that we want this restriction changed! :)
Thanks again,
I'd love to get your help on this. By clicking on the star, you can indicate to Google that this is something we want as a community. I'm still working on a hacked work-around, but it can't hurt to click on the star, right?

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