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sarantoya (New Admin) 6/14/2008 6:13 AM EST : Export database
sarantoya
Posts: 172
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Is it possible to export the database from a guildportal site to a csv file or similar. I would like to get hold on all our forums posts and such, but if I have to manually copy all threads the task would be impossible..

Regards, larsb
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Ruhin (New Admin) 10/4/2008 2:54 AM EST : RE: Export database

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Posts: 7
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I'd like to know something similar.  Months ago, when the server first started and a few of us started a guild, one member (not from the group of friends who started the guild) "kindly" jumped up and got a web page up and going for us, but without mentioning it to anyone until the job was done. 

Unbeknownst to her, I already had a web page here at guild portal.  It was for an old guild that had been disbanded years ago, and we were going to use that one.  However it still had material that various people wanted to keep, and was going to be a bit before it could all be moved out.  So we decided let her do the web page.  Primarily she wanted to do it, to gain an officership, and so we gave her that in return for her maintaining the page.

For the past month or so, she has become more and more remote, disappearing for days and days at a time with no communication; signing up to either attend or lead raids and then not showing up.  Looking through the web page now, I see signs that she may have actually sabataged some of our efforts.  Stickied posts have been moved to odd and inappropriate places. 

The long and short of it, I'm no longer willing to let this person be an officer.  I might even have to remove her from the guild.  I have super admin privileges (Im the guild leader) and could simply remove her access.  However, she is the one who originally bought this page, and I'd feel like a theif if I did that.  I would prefer to simply move the material to the web page that I have had for several years.  Myself alone, I have over 700 posts,  trying to copy this material one by one would be insane.  Trying to get everyone else to copy their posts would be an exercise in futility.

Is there a way we can move everything without having to do it one by one?

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
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sarantoya (New Admin) 10/27/2008 5:59 AM EST : RE: Export database
sarantoya
Posts: 172
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It has now been a long time since I posted this, and no one has answered with anything useful.

I wrote GuildPortal via there contact form last week, but have not heard anything from them either.

Does GuildPortal just ignore requests from users, or are they very busy and not able to answer back within the timeframe they have set up themselves?

    Support tickets are usually answered within 1-2 business days

In this case it istn't a complex problem, just a simple question..
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sarantoya (New Admin) 2/7/2010 11:43 AM EST : RE: Export database
sarantoya
Posts: 172
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bump!

//I feel stupid doing this since the thread is this old, but I am still waiting for a reply here, or in my inbox. Come on GP, just try at least..
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Aaron Lewis (Blue Collar) 3/2/2010 7:32 PM EST : RE: Export database
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Aaron Lewis
Posts: 1979
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Hi there!  Not sure what happened with your support ticket, but here's a FAQ entry that explains why we don't provide any kind of export functionality: http://www.guildportal.com/FAQ.aspx?FAQEntry=92
Aaron Lewis, GuildPortal.com
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timgil (New Admin) 7/6/2010 8:45 AM EST : RE: Export database
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Posts: 39
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tbh... not sure how someones posts that THEY made, can be considered "IP" of guildportal.  Maybe I missed it, but I didnt notice the part of the terms and conditions that everything you post there automatically becomes the property of guild portal.   I understand the FORMAT the data is stored in maybe propriatory and may not want to be disclosed, but exporting that data doesnt have to give any of that away.   I suspect it is simply because guildportal do not want people exporting their data and taking it somewhere else.  An export and import function even if it encrypted the data so it couldnt be used elsewhere would be very valuable for users to backup and restore their sites, or move content from one guildportal site to another would be very useful.  The argument that it would break "trade secrets" is nonsense.
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Mottie (MVP) 7/6/2010 9:26 AM EST : RE: Export database
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Mottie
Posts: 3884
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Hi Timgil!

I don't know of any guild hosting site that allows you to export or even import a forum database... maybe one based on phpBB, which GuildPortal isn't using. If you find one I'd like to know.

Aaron wasn't saying that you couldn't, as an admin, copy the posts (individually) from this site to another. Screenscraping refers to another web site extracting data by going through every page of this one.
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timgil (New Admin) 7/6/2010 9:34 AM EST : RE: Export database
timgil
Posts: 39
Becoming Adept!

Hi, this is true that others dont have this ability either (that I have seen).   My issue was simply the claim that such data (which you have entered yourself) is now a "trade secret" of guildportal as a reason for not providing it.   I am fine with them not providing this function (although it would be useful), but object to the reason given thats all.

Of course, this is simply my view, I dont expect everyone else to agree with it

EDIT:  Note that I am not saying that the database structures cannot be considered as trade secrets, but the implication is that the data itself (which consists of the forum posts, images etc that people put on their site), is "trade secret" of GuildPortal.   This data could be made available without any danger to any trade secrets as to the structure of the data etc (a csv of forum posts for example would be very plain and devoid of any details as to the storage of said data).   I repeat - I am not saying that this SHOULD be an option.  I am simply saying that it would be nice, and would not breach any trade secrets.
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