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Archiving/saving a vBulletin forum by BarnabyWorthingford.pif - Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:17:43 EST ID:+XB9/9Yx No.120921 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I run a community built on SMF that originated and split off from a vB community. The latter is on the outs due to the corporation that owns it having a shit business plan and not being able to maintain it. I have the feeling the site is going to disappear sooner rather than later and I was wondering if anybody here knows of some way to archive the content/posts/etc in such a way that I could integrate them either into my own community or another entirely, whether built on vB software or otherwise.

tl;dr, is it possible to "copy" content from a vB forum without having access to the database? if so, how?
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ArchieDruggleman.dun - Tue, 18 Apr 2017 02:00:55 EST ID:p6545IKk No.120922 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>120921
Scraping the forum to make a static copy is hard enough but possible. Trying to migrate the posting history to some other system without database access is something you should forget about.
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BarnabyWorthingford.pif - Tue, 18 Apr 2017 02:27:48 EST ID:+XB9/9Yx No.120923 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>120922
yeah, saving it as static isn't really an issue, i've got a tool someplace i can use for that so i may just do it.

I had seen/used a script some years ago for zetaboard that basically crawled the forum and generated a database using the publicly visible information (usernames, posts, forum structure, etc), had hoped there was something similar out there for this specific scenario. Drat.


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