Depending on the action, filters automatically discard unwanted articles from your feeds or make the ones you are interested in stick out.
After a filter is added, the system will match the filter phrase in your feed items and perform an action you have defined for the filter. Matching (search) can be performed on article's title, content or both. You can make your filter to match anywhere ('contains') within the text (title, content or both), the beginning ('starts with') or the end ('ends with'). You can even attach the filter to a specific feed, so that only that feed gets searched.
Once an item gets matched, filter's action is performed on that item. There are 2 actions:
- mark read: Use this one to get rid of unwanted articles. Simply marks the entry as read so that you would not bother reading it.
- mark watched: Places the entry in the watching list and makes it to stick out in the list.
Currently, each user is limited to 200 filters (send feedback if need more).
- Let's say that you are interested in news related to Switzerland and do not want to miss any. In this case you can create a filter with 'mark as watched' action that would match the word 'switzerland' anywhere ('contains') in the title and the content of your feeds. Thus, when any item with the word 'switzerland' arrives it will be placed in your watching list and emphasized so that you would not miss it.
- Assume that you are subscribed to a feed(s) with smartphone tech news, that cover all major smartphone operating systems, including Android, Apple IOS, Microsoft Windows, etc., and posts reviews on new apps, gadgets, etc. You own an Android phone and you are interested in new app reviews for Android, want to stay informed of Microsoft Windows developments but don't want to waste your time reading IOS news. In such a case, to get rid of most of IOS related entries, you could add a couple of filters like 'apple ios', 'iphone', etc., with 'mark as read' action and with the filter text matching only the title.
- filters with feeds and/or labels are skipped and not imported;
- filters shorter than 4 character will be skipped;
- match position 'contains' is changed to 'starts with'
- placeholders will be automatically updated.