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On 08/14/2013 12:39 PM, Dave Barton wrote:
Andrew Douglas Pitonyak wrote:
On 08/13/2013 02:32 AM, Dave Barton wrote:
1. The independent "unofficial" one Jim was
referring to. For reasons nobody has been able to explain, their server
is at best unreliable and frequently times out.
oooforum was setup and is controlled by a single very busy person with
no help from anyone else in any way. So, it uses resources available to
this person and is maintained by this person. The other forum is
maintained by a group of volunteers so there are more people to fix it.
Yes Andrew, I am fully aware of the history behind and the
number of times in 10+ years the owner has refused outside help. You & I
both remember in the early days of OOo it was proposed to merge the two
forums and Ed would not even join in the discussion. He may well be a
very busy person and as you observe in another post "you could call it a
sentimental attachment", but over the years users have contributed a
vast amount of useful material, which is all too frequently locked away
from other users because of his personal workload and/or sentimentality.

My original reply was not intended as a criticism, it was just note to
indicate that one of the two longest established forums was not always
I did not take it as a criticism.... I just assumed you were not aware.

I would prefer if an external host were found so that others could help with the administration. I expect that it is just a question of how to do it so that the current owner would not lose their personal attachment to it and thus be willing to do it. My guess is that he does not visit it often because he was not aware that it was down. He told me that /var had run out of space. When I just checked, I could connect, but could get nothing to display.

I am not aware of any way to scrape the content, perhaps someone more talented than I would know how to do that.

Andrew Pitonyak
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