Hold that thought

Ellis Walentine
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As for preserving our archives, *that* will cost something. All of our archives still exist in some form. Most of them prior to 2011 are zipped up in a big tarball on our server, where the current and archive scripts can't see them. One of the disadvantages of this forum is that each message is saved as a file, rather than as a cell in a single file (database). The result is that we have to keep retiring older messages to make room for the new ones. Because of the way we go about that, our archives indexes (indices) are full of holes. If I ever wanted to archive everything we've ever posted here, I would still have to run all the scripts to deliver the messages, and I'd need a folder big enough for close to a million and a half messages. All too much for my brain or my appetite for challenge at this point.

Archives are a funny thing, in the sense that there are people who enjoy rummaging around to see what they can find on a given topic, and then there are those who prefer the here and now of real time posting and replying. I've always been in the latter camp.

As for porting all our history onto another forum platform, that would also be a huge undertaking, requiring unzipping and sorting out all the archived messages and writing new scripts that would move them into a big database. That would be the absolute best way to keep WoodCentral for posterity. I personally wouldn't be able to do it, and I don't know where to find someone I can hire, so it will remain moot for now.

As of yesterday, my tireless web gurus and coders have stabilized the major issues we experienced this past week, so we don't have to rush to judgment. If/when I do, I'll be able to put together some cost figures and then we can have a bake sale or something.

I do appreciate your thoughtfulness.


PS. I came across a copy of a disk I produced a long time ago called "WoodCentral: The First Five Years." It actually has all the messages from that early period in a stand-alone delivery application. All the ads are broken now but it's still an interesting piece of site history. If anyone is interested, I can get someone to dub off some copies for sale.

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