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    I decided to give it a go and cobbled together a script, using John Reese's thread on Philippians as a proof of concept. This is the result. The original thread is here, and raw extract is here.

    What do you think?
    Last edited by Paprika; 01-21-2014, 12:39 PM.

  • #2
    Excellent!
    βλέπομεν γὰρ ἄρτι δι᾿ ἐσόπτρου ἐν αἰνίγματι, τότε δὲ πρόσωπον πρὸς πρόσωπον
    ἄρτι γινώσκω ἐκ μέρους, τότε δὲ ἐπιγνώσομαι καθὼς καὶ ἐπεγνώσθην.

    אָכֵ֕ן אַתָּ֖ה אֵ֣ל מִסְתַּתֵּ֑ר אֱלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מוֹשִֽׁיעַ׃

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    • #3
      I extracted to .txt, and renamed to .html, and saved to pdf for upload. There was no other formatting or touching up done.

      Current Issues:
      The URLs extracted misdirect.
      Images (including smilies) are extracted, but the image url misdirects.
      Colour doesn't display but the colour tag used by the vbulletin is saved.
      Quote tags do render but not terribly well.
      Addition of "#EANF#" at the end of the document (which is a very minor problem).

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      • #4
        Here is another pdf showing the issues. The source, the raw extract, and the result.

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        • #5
          Yesterday I went through John's Proverbs thread on archive and unfortunately some pages of it weren't archived, but what does exist may still help start to recreate it. I was gonna suggest maybe volunteers each take a thread and help repost it, if he wanted to go that route. Have sticky in Languages logging who takes what to avoid duplication. Could do that for other forums with "important" threads in them too. Just an idea...
          Last edited by JohnnyP; 01-21-2014, 02:16 PM.

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          • #6
            I will post a general announcement to this when I don't have to work so late, but I am on break, and wanted to post this. I think it essential we preserve John's threads, and any others that people think are noteworthy. John's work is scholarly and so much benefit.

            So any volunteers that want to retrieve these threads, send the file to me at my email address ddw at theologyweb dot com, and Chris said he will upload them to a folder on the server,and then I will send the link back to you to start a thread with.

            The reason I want to do it this way, because say, in the example in this thread, the member wants to clear up their dropbox account etc., this way, the file will be on TWeb's server. Which hopefully we will back up. It is doing automatic backups at the host, but I am bugging Chris to send me a backup file as well.
            The State. Ideas so good they have to be mandatory.

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            • #7
              Excellent.
              βλέπομεν γὰρ ἄρτι δι᾿ ἐσόπτρου ἐν αἰνίγματι, τότε δὲ πρόσωπον πρὸς πρόσωπον
              ἄρτι γινώσκω ἐκ μέρους, τότε δὲ ἐπιγνώσομαι καθὼς καὶ ἐπεγνώσθην.

              אָכֵ֕ן אַתָּ֖ה אֵ֣ל מִסְתַּתֵּ֑ר אֱלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מוֹשִֽׁיעַ׃

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              • #8
                It appears that only the first ten pages, and possibly the last page of a thread are saved. And of course not all threads have been archived. For John Reece's thread on Mark I could only find pages 1-10 and 27.

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