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Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 7:33 pm
by Martin Walker
ManFromGlass wrote:OK I take back my post, Martin. Prune away at WA. I’ll count on the SOS hive mind to continue with witty and some downright funny associations!
Am I asking too much??
:headbang:

No you're not asking too much - I'm sure the hive mind will continue to keep this thread alive.

If we honestly thought that anyone would wade through all 1171 pages of this thread it might be worth keeping it all, but I seriously doubt that this will happen ;)

It might be worth hanging on to the most recent few months, but not every word since October 2012 :beamup:


Martin

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 8:29 pm
by Folderol
John Willett wrote:
Martin Walker wrote:
ConcertinaChap wrote:
BJG145 wrote:Couldn't you just archive the Word Association thread instead?

Fair point.

I've already had a request from a regular forum user not to prune that one :headbang:


Martin

Maybe we could just delete the existing thread and start a new Word Association Thread with the last post of the old thread as the first of the new one.

How many people read old posts in that thread? It is just making it go forward that we want. :mrgreen:

Laugh if you like, but if I'm feeling a bit MEH two topics I do have a browse through are the word association one and the make up a lie one. Between them they brighten me up no end.

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 11:00 pm
by blinddrew
But it would give us the opportunity to make all the same old jokes again.

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 11:38 pm
by zenguitar
blinddrew wrote:But it would give us the opportunity to make all the same old jokes again.
Whilst neatly side-stepping plagiarism accusations.

Andy :beamup:

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 8:03 am
by Dave B
Whilst I understand the need for the pruning, do we need to do that on the User Reviews forum? I would have thought that this was an area with almost no duplication and worthy of saving for posterity..

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 10:07 am
by Forum Admin
Dave B wrote:Whilst I understand the need for the pruning, do we need to do that on the User Reviews forum? I would have thought that this was an area with almost no duplication and worthy of saving for posterity..

Yes, I had already pegged User Reviews as a "keep all" scenario.

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 2:45 pm
by Cool4music
I'm interested to sign up.

However, is it not easier to delete any records prior to the said date from the database itself? I have worked as a dba and can assist on that activity (once the backup has been done.

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 3:03 pm
by Forum Admin
Cool4music wrote:However, is it not easier to delete any records prior to the said date from the database itself?

Thanks for your kind offer, and that is precisely how our tech team will prune the database.

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 10:25 pm
by cyrano.mac
Forum Admin wrote:Hi Desmond,

We plan to take a full database backup prior to pruning and store it offline.

As to a text-dump, I've been told it's not a simple task since phpBB pulls in who posted, etc from our CMS user base, and it'll require our web team to spend expensive time to achieve this. That's time we don't have at present with all our other pressing projects and we urgently need to lighten the server load or we may find ourselves with patches of 'dark time', temporary Forum suspension, or any other undesirable scenario -- and commercially, that simply can't happen.

So the proposed solution is the optimal one.


I use Site Sucker...

https://ricks-apps.com/osx/sitesucker/

Makes a copy of the threads you want to remove, so you can post those as static html.

Takes some time, of course. I once downloaded an entire forum like this one, but a little bigger. Took about a week. Site Sucker can adjust links to fit the new root of the site.

Some forum software has a built-in archival function. PhpBB still doesn't have that?

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:13 pm
by Studio Support Gnome
Just to note.....

I am (not really) mildly offended :headbang: that not every single word I have ever written on this site was considered sacrosanct and of inestimable value and preserved for eternity.....


not to mention the disappearance of several thousand posts from my total count......

and then there's the whole, previous editions of forum, and legendary threads like "the Xytar affair"

I mean. server space is infinite and free isn't it ??? ;)

***** distant sound of jingles as legs with bells on are pulled , then fed through a 2.8 second reverb with a 1.3 second pre-delay with the mix on 100% *******

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:26 pm
by Forum Admin
Leg duly pulled Max. :-)

Due to overloaded Web team workload, the Forum Pruning we planned has slipped back and will begin some time in the future, so everyone's got longer to report their "must save" topics to Mods. Can't say exactly when it'll start.

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:26 pm
by Sam Spoons
I was reminded by a question today that my "generator for a small rig" thread from a few years ago might still be valid. I flagged it up as a possible for moving to the useful information forum but left the final decision to the mods? Will flag it again as I do think it contains useful information.

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:05 am
by Hugh Robjohns
Done.

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:31 am
by Sam Spoons
Thanks Hugh, though it was this earlier thread I reported with a view to preserving it https://www.soundonsound.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=36681#p335876

Re: Forum Topic Pruning: SOS needs your help

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:40 am
by Hugh Robjohns
Too many Generator for a ... topics... But they are all preserved now! ;-)

...and I'm going for a lie down in a dark room. I may be some time....