Very interesting thought John. I too had been considering pdf for future. At present I tend to copy down the last 1,000 posts I make, usually at intervals of 500 by a straight copy and paste into Word. Peter S.
Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.
I am back "in town" - the one thing I'd like to mention is that Proboards appears to be one of the most stable forum platforms around - I have not yet been confronted with any problem on any Proboard forum at any time I have been involved with them, whereas offcial forums for artists like Hayley Westenra, Vittorio Grigolo, Nicola Benedetti, Aled Jones and Katherine Jenkins have had no end of problems.
The following haven't been common to all boards, mind you - but there have been confirmed virus infections, excruciatingly slow server responses, loss of forum posts, complete inaccesibility of the forum, obnoxious advertising ... with these official forums (all run by UCJ).
Now, the free Proboards forums do have advertising - but as yet these advertisements are unobtrusive and do not interfere with people accessing the forum - which is quite unlike some of the rubbish I have seen on these so-called official forums.
It beats me how UCJ can allow "sponsoring" by commercial advertising when it so clearly impedes the user's enjoyment of the forum. Considering the severe problems just about all UCJ artists have had on numerous occasions, I think UCJ should discard yabb immediately. If they want free boards, let them switch to Proboards. And if they want ad-free boards (which amazingly they don't seem to prefer), they probably could strike a deal with Proboards as well.
The UCJ forums are not stable at the moment and shouild be avoided to prevent further data loss
Ontrack is a company that specialises in data recovery, even corrupted data. If there are no back-ups (which there should be) then even if a virus had got into the data and it could reset every single binary digit, on these large terabyte HDD's in RAID configuration in minutes, then there security is terrible for a start the laws of physics have been broken and I think we could all do with something like those virus's to wipe our harddrives of information when we sell them to strangers so they can't access our private information. Its very, very hard to get ride of data completely on an Harddrive.
Thank you very much for the update and for your endeavours to glean some information. At least we know the reason and a full return to normality seems likely, even if a few days' worth of posts might be lost. Due to the difficulties, I suspect relatively little was posted during that period anyway.
When ever you surf the net pages are stored in a temporary cache. If for example this forum come to about 500MB and you set the cache size to about a Gigabyte and view the whole forum, its should all be stored as cached html pages. Just copy the folder to a backup folder. Or, as you are admin view each person profile with every post displayed and save each page to view offline and back that up.
If like Peter you want back-up all your posts to view in one place, just view all your posts in your profile and save the page, put it somewhere safe and keep doing it every so often. No need to faff about with pdf's.
Putting all the posts back is the problem. The pages will contain not just the posts but the thread title, reply number and date they were posted. If you could write a script to extract that information and automatically re-integrate it into a empty forum, your sorted!
You would need the script to understand which posts belong to which thread and put in the time they were originally posted on manually.
EDIT: Actually, if your paying all that for Adobe, then its best to use that and get your money's worth!
Yes, we have noticed and we are not happy about it. It is something that ProBoards inflicted upon all forums yesterday.
The Proboards support forum has been inundated with complaints to which Dave has added ours. I tried to do likewise only to discover that the thread has been locked!
Apparently some coding will be available shortly (was it this weekend, Dave?) which will enable us to move the ads back to their original position. Thank goodness for that but we shouldn't have to do it.