Machines are NOT bots and there is no AI behind. You may expect some sort of Artificial Intelligence or you may expect to make them act in a different way - you would be wrong. Machines can do what is explained on these pages - no more, no less.
News Machine scans public messages and posts news on a predefined topic in a particular language or from a particular country when a keyword match is found. Settings: AdminCP » Machines » News Machine. Keywords/news pairs are called subsets. Subsets are applied alphabetically after TheGodFather and the first match takes precedence.
Optionally, setup a new user to appear in the online list in chat: NewsMaster (choose any name). A new user can be created from AdminCP » Users. This user has a status guest so if you plan to delete guests with CRONJOBS or manually, it is a good idea to set a password/email. Also, you can set avatar/motto - there is a preloaded avatar in the folder /img:
img/newsmaster.svg. Remember userID and groupID of your new user:
- AdminCP » Users » NewsMaster, put the user online as a fake user and when on the profile page look at the URL bar of your browser
admin.php?q=user&id=258- in this case 258 is userID
- ACP » Machines » News Machine: set proper userID, group and username.
News Machine relies on a 3rd party service to download the news. You need to register and get your API key at https://newsapi.org. A CRONJOB can be set to download fresh news daily (hourly). News Machine subsets allows you to send two types of queries to newsapi: Everything (topic) e.g. bitcoin, brexit, music or Latest news (country/global).
Import demo subsets
ACP » Machines » News Machine » New subset » Import