Exactly - NewsBot automatically grabs news from bing.com, since google.com does not supply images anymore for Google News ;-) Microsoft still allows them. So you can get real good content with images using https://www.bing.com/news
- its a simple PHP script which gets called by cron every minute. It does the logic and if found sth will add the topic to the DB directly (using a clean way). Its really simple, not even a real plugin. I added some kind of blacklisting to prevent some news.
It has been greatly accepted, but a few users (as always) started to complain. Because sometimes you can get around 2-3 news per day. They did not want to have these threads 1. in the top_menu (Newest Posts, Last Read) and they did not want to see the forum at all. To allow this, I told them to use the PHPBB original “Ignore”-function for users, so they just have to go to the users-profile and ignore the user. But sadly, ignoring a user in PHPBB does not mean it will won’t show you the thread, neither hide the forum. You still see posts (when people reply) and you see weired banned notifications. So I had to do additionally to stuff here, to hide it completely. So again its a simple PHP script, called every few minutes by cronjob, and this goes to the PHPBB database and finds users, who have ignored the bot. When the script has collected the users_id who have ignored the bot, it will do additionally inserts in a few tables to mark the threads as being read for these people, additionally adding a “deny to this forum ACL automatically” and set the threads within this forum ALL to have been read. This will prevent the display in various PHPBB places where the thread/forum would be displayed anyways, even the user has ignored the other user using PHPBB core functions.
So in the end you get a separate forum automatically posting news/articles with images and users may have an easy option to complete hide this, if they do not want that.
Both scripts are very simple and could be easily customized for yourself with little PHP coding skills.
I could make them public both if you want, but would then not be responsible for it and additionally only in prem section then.
Doing this for hobby, no expert