posted on Sep, 15 2018 @ 06:54 PM
I am wondering if it is possible to find all the posts by a single user (my own threads) and then save them to a file. I'd like all the original
posts, along with the title and date (and maybe forum in which they were posted) saved, either in one large file, or a file for each thread. It would
also be very nice to be able to get a copy of the entire thread, replies and all (with dates, username, etc) along with the OP. This way someone can
have a collection of their contributions to the forum and if they want they can share with family, friends (think about when someone dies, this would
be awesome to have all their posts, the good, bad and ugly) but it would show who they really were.
I'm going to suggest this on all the boards I'm on and see what the admin's say. If I get push back, i'm going to talk to my congressperson and
senators as all this content is "user" generated. It is not intended for publication,sale or any other use, and I am fairly certain from the way
the courts have been ruling (such as the smart meter ruling where the data is the home owners even though the meter collected it), and TOS/agreements
are being tossed out the window right and left by the courts when it comes to data/posts that are created by a person.
So I'm wondering if there is a way to do this (get an archive of a users posts/threads) I think it could even go as far as threads someone replies
into, and it shoiuld be marked as such. Now I'm not suggesting that I should be able to do this for any member, say JoePublic223 has 20,000 posts
and 3,500 threads he started. I don't think I should be able to download all of his data as I didn't create it, but Joe can do it for his own posts
What say yall? does this sound like a reasonable request/idea? I know it is possible I have seen about 4-5 different forums that already do this
and it is super quick to do and there are about 5-8 different format/versions that can be downloaded (file formats, formatting, etc). Now I know this
is a big site, so if a member wtih LOTS of posts requests this it shouldn't be expected to be done in 30 seconds, it may take a week or more. This
type of thing should be done when the system has down time and can process the request in a que (first come first serve - BUT the que should be public
as well as the processing rate - to check to see is the board is actually doing what it says it is) and then either sent to an online account (via
SSH/SFTP/FTP/etc) or some other online dump or maybe just a download link sent to the persons inbox.
I wanted to post a poll, but I dont' see an option for that on this board...