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A hyperlink on a user's profile page that allows them to download their profile and all the related annotations as a flat text or .CSV file.

Allows users to back up their accounts in case of attack by Giant Radioactive Mutant Koalas.

8th of 7, Dec 16 2010

Hashlist - scroll down a little... http://www.coffeesh...enhouseCentrum.html
[normzone, Jan 21 2015]


       //Giant Radioactive Mutant Koala//   

       Is UnaBubba back?
Jinbish, Dec 16 2010

       Ye Gods, we hope not ....
8th of 7, Dec 17 2010

       For most users, the professionally maintained server farm where their accounts reside is has better redundancy, and more consistent, reliable backups than their local machine. (Present company excepted, of course.)
mouseposture, Dec 17 2010

       // the professionally maintained server farm
Do you know something I don't?

       I think this is a pretty good idea, actually. Although implementing the inevitable next request - carefully re-inserting all this stuff into the halfbakery a deletion took it out of - will be painful to implement. The next will be a full REST interface, and then people will have their own skins for it, and uh. It'll still be mostly around 100 people talking to each other.   

       So, what would this snapshot actually contain?   

       - all your ideas and all annotations (yours or someone else's) on your ideas; number of +/- votes; dates
- all your annotations and links, with the title of the idea they were on
- all your votes
- some sort of signature over that state so you can "prove" that you didn't make it up.

       I guess having some sort of timestamp and allowing you to request an incremental backup relative to the last timestamp you've got would be good, too.
jutta, Dec 17 2010

       //Do you know something I don't?// Probably, but none of it concerns the Halfbakery's infrastructure.   

       I had rather exaggerated ideas about the "experimental university research network."
mouseposture, Dec 17 2010

       [jutta], I seem to remember reading something about there being restrictions on what kinds of commercial activity you could get into here - but I've always wondered if users could sponsor full-site backups; and in return receive a disk containing the data (with a viewer of some sort, and the password & vote tables either missing or encrypted).   

       It wouldn't be a sale, exactly; it'd be a method and system for storing a redundant, widely distributed off-site backup, with each recipient/safeholder agreeing to return the disk if the need were to arise.
lurch, Dec 17 2010

       I imagine that even the biggest user contributions would be pretty tiny compared to the kind of files people deal with every day nowadays. What about the illustrations? Also, what about ideas one has annotated?
nineteenthly, Dec 17 2010

       I don't think that this would be workable as a 'backup' device, only as a snapshot of history. The reason being that reloading the backup (or the various individual backups, as we seem to be envisioning here) will run into all kinds of problems with annos that have subsequently been deleted, users that have subsequently been deleted etc.
DrBob, Dec 17 2010

       "Snapshot" is a better term. Title changed.
8th of 7, Dec 17 2010

       No, that's too easy. We need one dedicated person, living on a pension, to save the days traffic by hand in a word document. On a 486. While tippling.
normzone, Jan 20 2015

       (Ah... sent the email before noticing this...)   

       Well the easiest way to do this, is really to just do a whole site backup. Zipped into an archive, timestamped, and hashed.   

       You post the archive as a torrent (or download link), and post up a PGP signed copy of the hashlist for each archive.   

       This keeps complexity down to a minimum, and encourage backup of other people's ideas as well.
mofosyne, Jan 21 2015

       Actually the easiest way is to make posts offline (which usually works out better anyways, especially if you're in a prolific period), save that in a directory, or append to a log file, and do the same for your own brilliantest annotations as well; that way you have your own backup for your stuff, secure, should you need to recreate.   

       Or use the Wayback Machine. That way you've other people's annotations as well (for the purposes of an accidental account deletion, I think we can assume the permission of annotators to recreate their annotations).   

       Or whatever. Currently not manically churning out posts day after day, I'd probably use the WM to get titles and rewrite some of the ones I really like.
FlyingToaster, Jan 21 2015

       //It'll still be mostly around 100 people talking to each other.   

       sp. 'themselves'.
not_morrison_rm, Jan 22 2015

       <Sound of Silence>   

       … Ten thousand people, maybe more,
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share,
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence…

       </Sound of Silence>
8th of 7, Jan 22 2015

       Type your account name into the halfbakery search page. If there's a space in your name, surround with quote marks. Save the resulting page.
Then, either write and use a script to scrape all those pages, or just pull them off the wayback archive if you ever need them. (You can just look at your user page on wayback to see your old ideas, but you won't be able to find all your comments that way.)

       I think this is pretty clean, provided you have a name which isn't also a word. But you'll also get pages where you haven't commented, but in which someone refers to you.   

       Scraping them while logged in would also capture which way you'd voted. You won't get votes on ideas you didn't comment on, though.   

       The script method should be pretty straight-forward, and is no hassle for jutta. Assuming of course that it's polite and doesn't hammer the server with hundreds of requests at once.
Loris, Jan 23 2015

       You can bash (pun intended) something together in Linux shell script to do this on your local servers in less time than it takes to drink half a dozen bottles of Piper Heidseck ...
8th of 7, Jan 23 2015


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