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🔼 Repl Talk Badges | Serverless + Web Scraping + TS = 🤯
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RonaldLeung1

Repl Talk Badges are a set of simple, dynamic images that display the number of upvotes on your Repl Talk posts! You can add badges to markdown files (e.g. a GitHub README page) or to any website to link back to your post and incentivize more upvotes.

These badges are mainly inspired by those from Product Hunt - you can see how people use them on landing pages to promote their products, and you can do the same to promote your posts on Repl Talk!

Want to see it in action? Upvote this post, reload the page, and see the image below update right before your eyes (you may have to clear your cache first though) 😉

This is how the badge is used with markdown:

and with HTML:

Also, it comes in 3 other styles:

Plus, you can customize the labels and fonts too.

Here's a summary of all the different options:

OptionTypeRequiredDefaultDescription
idIntegerYes-Repl Talk post ID, located in post URL
styleStringNo"flat""flat" | "gradient"
themeStringNo"light""light" | "dark"
featuredOnStringNo"FEATURED ON"Alternate text for upper label
replTalkStringNo"Repl Talk"Alternate text for lower label

Also, add &type=.svg to the end of the URL if using the badge on Repl Talk. This is a hacky fix since Replit requires file extensions like .svg and .png to properly render images.

👉 To make your own, scroll down or go to create-replit-badge.now.sh!

How it works

Much of the microservice itself owes to AnandChowdhary/hackerbadge, which was an excellent starting point for this project (it uses TypeScript too, which is pretty neat). The API is powered by serverless functions and hosted on Vercel, meaning it doesn't rely on a dedicated server). With every request, the Repl Talk post of choosing is scraped using Axios and Cheerio to fetch upvotes in real time. The badges themselves are scalable vector graphics (SVG), designed in Figma.

The badge generator, which you can try out below, is just a Next.js site using the Geist UI component library. You can export badges in markdown or HTML.

That's all! I hope this will make the Repl Talk community more awesome than it already is, and I can't wait to see what you do with it!

👉 If you liked this, leave a star on GitHub at https://github.com/googol88/repltalk-badge! Pull requests are welcome :)

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BIue

one heck of a project

jihhyuu202

this is really cool

ch1ck3n

Hi, the class seletor is now .jsx-441663429.vote-control-count so you might wanna fix that

Kkubotatcssf

noice

Ravost

kewl

plscodeinjava

see, this is an amazing project. i'm not trying to rain on your parade or anything
but here's the problem:
repl talk is getting removed very soon, and being replaced with apps
so like
this will become obsolete
sadge
sorry bro

RayhanADev

@plscodeinjava ReplTalk will not get removed if the community has anything to say about it!

ruiwenge2

@RayhanADev @plscodeinjava yep, remember what @codingjlu’s petition was for!

StringentDev

@plscodeinjava This is not confirmed by the repl team yet. This is mostly an assumptions based on recent behaviors, like setting the default trending to the apps page.

Plus removing the entire talk would require database migrations which would (due to the amount of projects posted on replit) take an extremely long time. Nevermind how it would break many user profiles (cycles.)

Other issues would arise in performance, Repl Apps is extremely slow to load compared to talk (I'll be posting that in bugs) on low-end devices.

So it is extremely unlikely that replit will be removing talk for now.

plscodeinjava

@StringentDev
Thank you so much for responding like that! That gives me hope for repl talk to stay the meta for years to come lol

StringentDev
tankerguy1917

@StringentDev Wait, the bugs page is still around? I haven't been able to find it, or I get a 404 error.

StringentDev
StringentDev

@tankerguy1917 Go to the help icon in the sidebar, then click report a bug.

tankerguy1917

@StringentDev Ok. Thanks

Whippingdot

bruhh repl talk won't get replaced cause of the tutorials section, ask section, etc but the share section might get replaced - after a few adjustments of course like making it faster, enabling tag based search, enabling boolean search (like to see projects made in the last 24 hours), and doing other stuff and suggestions that I made (it got responded to by amjad sir(lol) and he said he would work on those things and he thanks the suggestions (i can't find it - it was on an app. I promise you though)) @StringentDev

StringentDev

@Whippingdot that is bascially what i just said, so... please curb your recorrections

Whippingdot

?? Also i was gonna originally ping Rayhan but decided against it. @StringentDev

firefish

make the edges transparent

TheH4ck3r

they are, thats just repl. @firefish

firefish

@TheH4ck3r i asked @RonaldLeung1 not you

Whippingdot

woah calm down there buddy @firefish

firefish

@Whippingdot how many cows in a watermelon

Whippingdot

72! See I am samart @firefish

potatojs

@Whippingdot bruh, that's a trick question :|
there is watermelons IN cows but not COWS IN watermelons

firefish

@potatojs you're back! do you know what 1 cow is in watermelons though?i mean, google, duckduckgo, and bing are all right

potatojs

@firefish bruh i was always watching... repl is just too slow for any kind of full stack dev so i switched to vscode locally and then i kinda just forgot repl.
and yes i already knew how to convert cows to watermelons i do it every day

Whippingdot

lol...also who are you and how does the fireyfish know you? Also @firefish ew you don't use the new google dark mode ew ew ew!

Also @potatojs I understand you. I don't use replit for anything and for the weekly challenges (that are revived if you didn't know) i just paste my vscode code. VSCode's extensions are just OP!

Two last questions - are you British and do you have a mac?

firefish

@Whippingdot yo momma has a mac

Whippingdot

no she doesn't... we don't have any macs at my house...well other than my dad's company given one. @firefish

firefish

@Whippingdot yo momma

potatojs

@Whippingdot i'm from a third world country :) they don't teach us english, that's why my english is kinda weird
and no i don't have a mac.

when i started programming about 1 year ago i used replit, and i don't have friends to show my creations to so i started posting in repl talk. i think many people know me because like 99% of my posts got trending lol

Whippingdot

LOCKY @potatojs

EDIT: Also your english doesn't seem weird to me... HMMMM

potatojs

@Whippingdot lmao it is... i think

StringentDev

Nice, just used it on my github repo

sojs

cool!

minishxp

Ok, very useful

Coder100

nice!

JBloves27

Whoaaa, nicee!

Bookie0

Really cool!

QuickV

It's on trending now? weird 🤔

ch1ck3n

unrelated garbage:

i was the OG who saw the first post from this (this is the second one) hehe

JWZ6

@ch1ck3n yeah when i came back to upvote im like where's the post?

ThisUserTaken

@ch1ck3n gotta flex

RayhanADev

Niceee! Maybe try using GraphQL (official API) instead of web scraping?

potatojs

@RayhanADev exaclty what i was thinking! when i read the code i was execting graphql but then i saw

i was like bruh

RayhanADev

@potatojs lol xD

lilykhan

ooo nice

VulcanWM

cool!

InvisibleOne

This is really cool:

InvisibleOne

But it doesn't look like the markdown link works

RonaldLeung1

@InvisibleOne Yeah :/ you need to add &type=.svg to the end for it to work

InvisibleOne

Ok nice, it's working now @RonaldLeung1

EpicGamer007

niceee :)