About This Web Site - What is New?

There are several ways by which you can stay up-to-date with what is new on this web site. Each of these are described below.

RSS Feed


(click to subscribe)

You may recognize the orange icon shown on the right. Many web sites support the "RSS" feed. "RSS" stands for "Really Simple Syndication". It provides a listing of recent updates made to the web site. The application with which you subscribe to an RSS feed will then show you a listing of all the recent changes made on that web site. Our web site supports an RSS feed. All you have to do is click the orange icon on the right.

It used to be that web browsers had a built-in support for RSS feeds. However, one by one they started dropping their support, with Firefox being the last hold-out until late 2018 when it dropped support as well. So, currently none of the web browsers have built-in support for RSS feeds.

However, while browsers don't seem to support them, a lot of web sites continue to use them. The web browser developers are certainly not listening to their customers.

There are dedicated RSS feed reader software applications on the market (both free and paid-for). So, that is one way you can go. The other is that for some web browsers, add-on extensions have been written to bring back support for RSS feeds into the browser. You will have to try them out and see which one fits your browsing style. Your webmaster, for example, primarily uses the Firefox web browser, and has the "Livemarks" add-on extension installed, which returns some of the same functionality that Firefox used to have.

News Button

Once you arrive on this web site, the main News button is the one that lists all the latest news involving S-scale modeling (in all of its flavors). The news is spread out over several categories, so that you can quickly go to the type of news that interests you most.

To find out what is new to the web site itself (e.g. new pages added, sections moved, etc.), click on the Site button, and then click on the "Web Site Changes" menu option.

Site Map

If you visit this web site on a regular basis, and you really want to see which pages have been added or updated, our site map is the best approach.

A "site map" is usually a listing of all the pages found on a web site. The one for this web site is automatically updated each time an upload is made to this web site, so it is always current.

To view our site map, click on the Site button on the right, and then on the "Site Map" menu option. There you can view the pages by name or by date. Since we are discussing how to find the latest changes, click on the site map that is organized by last-modified date. Sometimes changes to pages are as trivial as fixing typos or grammatical errors (the webmaster is a real stickler for fixing those), adding some text, a photo, or a link somewhere, or even whole new pages.

Not Seeing the Latest?

If for some reason you are not seeing updates on one or more pages when you visit the NASG web site, it could be that your web browser is "caching" the information. What this means is that, to help speed up browsing to pages that don't change very often, the web browser may download a copy of those pages to your computer. That means that the next time you want to see that page, it retrieves it from your computer, rather than going to the web site and downloading it again. However, the main problem with that is that if the content of the page has been updated on the web site, your computer's cache will be outdated. The web site and the web browser are supposed to handle that common scenario automatically, but it doesn't always work. That is when you have to clear the cache manually.

The quickest way to make sure you see the latest version of a page, especially pages that are updated regularly, is to press F5 or your web browser's Refresh button or menu command. This will force the browser to retrieve the latest version of the page.

A really good article on the Web about how to clear the cache of the particular web browser that you are using, go to this page.

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