b) I am interested in working on merging the old and the new forums; the major reason for that I think is the old forum contained a lot of useful content and, if indexed by Google, should dramatically increase the number of queries that have relevant pages here and so increase the traffic to this forum, to everybody's benefits.
In order to start, I'd like to get a raw dump of the old DB. (We've been discussing this with micseydel for a while).
The question is: does the community approve / disapprove?
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Kebap wrote:I assume you may under-estimate the amounts of work needed to surpass phpBB's functionality.
Kebap wrote: I have some privacy concerns. While I would welcome a forum containing both "new" and "old" databases, I am not sure how to proceed doing this. When you hand over db access to anybody, they will not only have access to public postings, but also private messages, mail adresses, etc, right? This needs to be handled with special care.
hrs wrote:Has anyone tried asking Graziano for the domain (assuming he is indeed still owner)? If he's a reasonable guy he'll just hand it over as part of the deal. He did get his money right?
I'm afraid to do that, since jkbbwr promised to show a thank you banner on the site and hasn't, that Graziano would in some way be unhelpful. As it was he neglected the forum, and only came back to say he was killing it, and which led to us raising a considerable sum of money to save it because we asked if we could buy the domain from him and rather than naming a price we had a bidding war with a guy who wanted the forum data rather than to save the community, explicitly because he wanted to be able to see the email addresses. I'm not sure how legal that nastiness was but it was extraordinarily unpleasant, and if Graziano were really so reasonable I would expect him to set a fair price upfront and not offer to do business with an obvious spammer.
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