saving stuff

No, not physical stuff. TMF stuff.

In the upcoming change to new board software, it appears that most of TMF board history could be lost. A recent info post at Improve The Fool indicates that only posts from this year may be migrated to the new boards, and only for currently open boards. Boards that are now closed will not have any posts migrated. Indications are that the old boards could be taken completely down in the next month or two.

So a great deal of history seems to be at risk.

I have started saving posts that are important to me on my own computer. My approach is to look for posts I want to save, then view the whole thread. From there, I simply select the whole post (ctrl-a for windows, apple-a in that alternate universe) then copy it (ctrl-c). Then I switch to my word processor and paste everything there. I make each thread a separate document. Yes, there is a fair amount of excess info doing it this way. But it is quick and easy. Should I ever want to do so, I can clean up the excess later. Right now, the important thing is to save information.

I’m keeping things organized by creating a folder for each board and saving the thread in the appropriate folder. I’m naming the document with the thread title and date of the first post in the thread.

I highly recommend that if there is some posts or threads on these boards that is important to you, save them now.

I may also consider reposting them in the new boards. We’ll have to wait to see if that is necessary or desirable.


Peter ~

I am glad that you shared this because I was involved with a few board starting in 1999. Yes, they are closed because their focus was not of money although they did help you save spending. It will be very sad not to be able to read the old posts as I have great memories with many posters and some have died.

I am heading out for errands and won’t be back before the boards close down at 5pm Eastern. I will see how they look starting tomorrow and will make plans to copy those boards and posts that are important to remember.


Oops … the boards close at 6pm Eastern and since I am in the Midwest they will close at 5pm Central.