Print out a posters threads

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by danadak, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. danadak

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    I find myself these days collecting books, periodicals, etc. of the "experts".

    So thought is, on a forum, to be able to collect all threads where a specific expert
    is contributing. Print them out, thread by thread, where ever "expert" of choice
    has posted.

    What prompted this is a thought I had for one of my sons as a reference work,
    in my case he would not search on an "expert", I make no claims to that title.

    Just a thought.

    Regards, Dana.
     
  2. spinnaker

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    You sound like my 92 your old father that printed out everything even though it was all available online. Are you 92??? :eek:

    I don't know why you would want to print it out since 90% of threads are relevant only to the TS.

    What would you do with all of this data once it has been printed?
     
  3. djsfantasi

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    The search function has an option to search fir all posts by an author. Is that what you want?
     
  4. wayneh

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    Back in the day when it was still uncommon, I built a website for my company, which was a subsidiary of a larger company. When the corporate lawyers found out they had a collective cow and demanded to examine it. I sent them the link. They said no, that's unacceptable, I must fax it to them so they have a hard copy. And they demanded that absolutely nothing change once they approved it. I reminded them the homepage showed a clock and a weather widget. Deafening silence. The site stayed up.
     
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  5. WBahn

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    I feature to print a specific thread would be nice (and the old forum software, vBulletin, had that feature). If Xenforo has a similar feature, I'm not aware of it.

    But collecting all the threads were a specific expert has contributed????

    By the time you have seen enough of their posts that you know you want to do so, they have probably contributed to hundreds or even thousands of threads, many of which you would have no interest in, such as "Introduce yourself" or "Now for something weird", which might have thousands of posts in them.

    I would rather see the search features improved.
     
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  7. danadak

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    Most of what I print is via a PDF driver printer, so just goes to my hard drive.

    Regards, Dana.
     
  8. danadak

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    No, that allows me to print one thread at a time, and then only by page
    of the thread, not the whole thread, not all the pages of the thread in one
    printing. Or not all the threads, all the pages, in one printing.

    Note I print most stuff to PDF, to file, not to paper.


    Regards, Dana.
     
  9. danadak

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    That would help, as I would like to use data like this, like Bob Peases lab notes, to search
    the data for specific topics/commentary. Unfortunately all his data is in image pdf, so searching
    a serious pain.

    You could always limit the scope of the print, like 3 year period, to handle your concern
    about amount of data handled. Not my preference, but I understand server demand
    problem.


    Regards, Dana.
     
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  10. Aleph(0)

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    Danadak u can download poster's blog if he/she has one! Only problem is Xenforo bug causes download to fail on blogs bigger than like 47Mb. So other option is to use _scraper_ sftwe (which is only way of automatically DLing big blogs) but if u do that plz be vry careful abt limiting scope cuz bandwidth leaching is totally rude and could definitely make u _persona non grata_ on hereo_O!
     
  11. danadak

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    Thanks Aleph for the comments. My thought is a site is an expression of a group
    of like minded folks, maintained by them for goals they designed to. So I would
    want site buy in, at minimum users, more than just me, to also find value in the idea.

    Plus dark web kinds of tools for novices like me asking for self immolation I think.

    Regards, Dana.
     
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  12. Aleph(0)

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    Danadak sry I didn't get that your OP is suggesting new feature instead of asking for means to an end:oops:!

    Just 2 say sry abt word choice _scraper_ cuz I definitely wasn't trying 2 suggest anything _shady_:(

    It's just that some words have bad rap cuz of association with bad behavior (like most ppl now think on _hacker_ as synonymous with _cyber criminal_ but o/c that's not original meaning). Now I don't know history of _web scraper_ but properly used _archiving bots_ by whatever name can definitely be vry useful, site-friendly tools:cool:! So o/c _catch_ is any tool used maliciously or just wrongly can be harmful! So I know this is moot since ur not requesting work-around but I wanted to set record straight abt intent of my previous post:cool:!
     
  13. spinnaker

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    Sorry this is an English only forum. Please repost your comments in English.
     
  14. Aleph(0)

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    Spinnaker it's just like I said, IDK history of term _web scraper_ so maybe it always had negative connotation? But _hacker_ in info-tech talk originally just meant programmer (cuz _hacking_ was slang for typing even b4 computers were invented!). Now I'm going to say something! Even now _hacking_ shouldn't be thought on as like _under handed_ activity cuz evolved meaning is basically _reverse engineering_ and patching software (on user's own assets) or modifying his/her hardware for customized functionality! Now technically, reverse engineering of software can sometimes be considered intellectual property violation but I don't care cuz if I paid for it AND I don't distribute it or use it to harm others then it's mine to do with as I please! So even though that might not always be _legally sound_ it's totally inarguable from moral POV:mad:!

    Anyhow a lot of ppl think on _hacking_ as messing with other ppl's info-tech assets (so for example developing malware, looking for opportunity for security exploits and like that) which isn't really _hacking_ at all! It's theft, vandalism, trespassing, sabotage, etc! And I say that's exactly what it should be called!

    So anyhow I'm sry for not being clear on last post:(
     
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  15. spinnaker

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    And you are not clear again.
     
  16. Aleph(0)

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    Spinnaker now I think ur just giving me hard time for s...'s and g.....'s but just in case I'll try being vry concise:D

    ◊For all I know _web scraper_ might have always meant bot that causes bandwidth issues selfishly harvesting info from other ppl's sites. But that's not what I meant to suggest at all:oops:! So when I said _scraper_ I meant courteous, vry limited, use of _archiver_:)!

    ◊_Hacker_ didn't originally (and actually still doesn't necessarily) mean troublemaker or criminal:cool:!

    So if it's still not clear then all I can say is one of us needs to SEE optometrist:p!
     
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