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