So.....all my posts are essentially lost right? — Guild Wars 2 Forums

So.....all my posts are essentially lost right?

Am I gonna have to look at my most cherished/discussed posts and........post them again? urk......

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  • Yeep. Hopefully you didn't have any gigantic, well constructed posts that took a lot of time and thought put into them. Dwayna knows I don't.

  • Oakwind.6187Oakwind.6187 Member ✭✭
    edited September 13, 2017

    Not to be obnoxious but if you had a good discussion going, it would have been prudent to keep a backup. Most of what was on the old forums was of questionable value. Some of my own input included.

  • @eduardo.1436 said:
    Am I gonna have to look at my most cherished/discussed posts and........post them again? urk......

    Gaile said you can recreate your old threads without consequence - I did the same with my content threads, I hope you can recover any information/content you published :)

  • I don't think it's that hard to review your posts and pick out the threads important to you.

    My bigger concern is that there are some useful posts from developers illustrating why they made certain decisions or clarifying plans and many of us have used those as references. I can save the quotes, but it would be better for the source material to be saved, too :/

    "Face the facts. Then act on them. It's ...the only doctrine I have to offer you, & it's harder than you'd think, because I swear humans seem hardwired to do anything but. Face the facts. Don't pray, don't wish, ...FACE THE FACTS. THEN act." — Quellcrist Falconer

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Everyone is starting over from scratch on the new forum. In some ways it's good because a lot of stuff was really out of date, but it does risk good information and fun discussions being lost.

    But as other people have said if there's anything you think is worth keeping/restarting you can post it here. And if you just want to remember it you can save a copy for yourself.

    I'm a bit surprised that I haven't found anything of mine I want to keep. I've got a lot of great memories from the old forum, but I can keep the memories without the actual topics (which is good because I've also got great memories of other forums which were deleted without notice). I did consider advice posts but decided I'd rather re-write them to tailor them to the OP.

    "You can run like a river, Till you end up in the sea,
    And you run till night is black, And keep on going in your dreams,
    And you know all the long while, It's the journey that you seek,
    It's the miles of moving forward, With the wind beneath your wings."

  • HnRkLnXqZ.1870HnRkLnXqZ.1870 Member ✭✭✭
    edited October 11, 2017

    This is a medium disaster for me. I used several posts in the old forum (from myself and others) for quotes and stuff. And as Illconceived Was Na pointed out, all the important Dev intel will be gone. All I can do is a run down this evening, grab as much as I can and create some sort of backup. Should make at least a screenshot of the Dev posts. What I do not know yet, is where to save that. I do own a personal forum, which I use as an extended notebook ... maybe I could use that. On the other hand, do I have to ask the original writers if I am allowed to save their "work"?

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @HnRkLnXqZ.1870 said:
    This is a medium disaster for me. I used several posts in the old forum (from myself and others) for quotes and stuff. And as Illconceived Was Na pointed out, all the important Dev intel will be gone. All I can do is a run down this evening, grab as much as I can and create some sort of backup. Should make at least a screenshot of the Dev posts. What I do not know yet, is where to save that. I do own a personal forum, which I use as an extended notebook ... maybe I could use that. On the other hand, do I have to ask the original writers if I am allowed to save their "work"?

    I don't see any reason you'd need to ask their permission to save it. It's a public post on a forum - anyone is able to see it (even people who don't have an account can read the forum) and anyone could have saved those posts at any time.

    Of course if you're going to re-post it somewhere you should credit the original poster rather than pretending it was your own idea, but if anything screenshots or copying and pasting it now would help with that.

    "You can run like a river, Till you end up in the sea,
    And you run till night is black, And keep on going in your dreams,
    And you know all the long while, It's the journey that you seek,
    It's the miles of moving forward, With the wind beneath your wings."

  • Razor.9872Razor.9872 Member ✭✭✭

    @HnRkLnXqZ.1870 said:
    This is a medium disaster for me. I used several posts in the old forum (from myself and others) for quotes and stuff. And as Illconceived Was Na pointed out, all the important Dev intel will be gone. All I can do is a run down this evening, grab as much as I can and create some sort of backup. Should make at least a screenshot of the Dev posts. What I do not know yet, is where to save that. I do own a personal forum, which I use as an extended notebook ... maybe I could use that. On the other hand, do I have to ask the original writers if I am allowed to save their "work"?

    I wouldn't think so. As long as you quote them appropriately, you should be able so use their work at will.

    NSPride~

  • HnRkLnXqZ.1870HnRkLnXqZ.1870 Member ✭✭✭
    edited October 11, 2017

    Thank you very much. I did my scan by now, most posts saved of Chris Cleary. I am going to save the screenshot, a copy/paste version, the original account of the composer (linked) and the name of the thread, the post was used from. Sadly I cannot see the date/time, as the old forums end up listing the months/years after some time. Your answers were very helpful ^^

  • Donari.5237Donari.5237 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 14, 2017

    I know someone has used archive.org to save all the Releases threads (Gaile had actually suggested using that site to save chunks of the forums, see https://en-forum.guildwars2.com/discussion/comment/114538/#Comment_114538 ). Which begs the question of how others can find the archived stuff later -- we may need a compilation thread in these forums of links to archives of the old forums. Or if there is a way to easily spot all the GW2 forum stuff at the archive site, someone will need to tell the rest of us how :)

    For the date/time, I think if you mouse over the "1 year ago" bit it should give you a more specific time frame, though I don't know if that will work with an archived copy.

    My sadness goes to the posts containing images. I don't know that any of my text chatter contains wisdom for the ages, but I did occasionally do sets of images such as mix and match town clothes, obsolete loading screen art, etc. And my fave "why we need sittable chairs" image was crucial to the point of that thread. I loved perusing the threads dedicated to showing off character looks -- see the stickies in each profession subforum, or the only-mix-and-match thread. I have no idea if threads like that will survive archiving with their thumbnail links to bigger images intact, given that the images are all hosted on the ANet server that is getting axed in a month.

    Anyway, try using that archive site. It might be easier than manually pulling all the info you mention.

  • HnRkLnXqZ.1870HnRkLnXqZ.1870 Member ✭✭✭
    edited October 11, 2017

    The date/time stuff works, big thanks!

    That archive.org looks ... complicated. They are about to delete more than four years of history, they are not going to save the important stuff themselves. But they tell us how we should save the stuff we like to keep. That is already twice the work now. For the priory!

    I wanted to put the link in my signature, but we do not have signatures, yet ^^.

  • If they wanted to, I imagine they could migrate the old forum over in it's entirity.

    However if losing my post history and some e-kitten points is the price for getting a properly functioning, decent forum it's a price I'm happy to pay

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  • TheQuickFox.3826TheQuickFox.3826 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 14, 2017

    You can manually archive your own posts via Archive.org. Downside is that you will do this for every page individually.

    To do so, go to the archived forum and browse from here to your posts.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20170914083730/https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum
    When Archive.org finds pages that have not been saved yet (which will be many) you can click to save it now. I already saved some threads here and anyone is welcome to help archiving as many threads as we want.

    When you want to save YOUR thread(s), browse to one thread where you posted, then click your name, then click "See all messages by ..." and open the threads from there.

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