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    Default In search of tips for mining the former Discuss DetroitYES! forums

    Before DetroitYES! transitioned from the old Discus software to the new
    vBulletin software on April 1, 2009, a great deal of valuable information had
    already been collected under the old Discus system. In my experience that old
    information is not accessible from the new software's search engine. In an
    effort to leverage the value of that old Discus content, I've experimented
    with ways to search and reference it. If anyone has found better ways to
    perform these tasks, please share. We'll all benefit.

    To search the old Discus forum, I've found it useful to include the term
    site:atdetroit.net in the "all these words:" field of advanced Google
    search queries. That helps to exclude everything beyond the old DetroitYES!
    forums. Add other terms as necessary.

    Once Google finds the page containing the post to be referenced (copy the URL
    for this page for future reference), it's possible to construct a link that
    references that specific post within the page.

    To do so, view the source of that webpage and search it for text unique to
    the post to be referenced.

    E.g., a Google search for site:atdetroit.net "Margo Guryan 16
    words" yields three results. Clicking on the first result displays the
    page
    Discuss Detroit » NON-DETROIT ISSUES » GoLeft TV » GoLeft TV - Archive » Archive
    through June 02, 2008
    . Viewing the source for that page and then
    searching that source for the unique word "Guryan" then scanning backward, we find above that word
    the post separator:
    HTML Code:
    <!--/Post: 955255-->
    <!--Post: [b]955260[/b]--><!--Time: 1212269013-->
    So, append #POST955260 to
    the above copied URL to make a link to this specific post: http://atdetroit.net/forum/messages/...334#POST955260.

    I hope someone can find an easier way to do this. If not, this is at least a foothold.

    P.S. The first link on the targeted page is 404 precisely because people don't attend to these retention matters. The second link works for the time being.
    Last edited by Jimaz; April-02-11 at 11:56 PM.

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    Ten years later, I can bring up an index of threads from 2005-08 (DetroitYes Forum Archives 2006-09); many of them look interesting, but clicking on any of them takes me to a 404 page not found. I'm currently researching the Garwood mansion, looking for any threads not started by Rocketwhit or Vas.

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