Ability to download topics / complete topics

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Ability to download topics / complete topics

Post by Ideas Bot » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:24 pm

I would like to download the topics or whole topics.
I participate in a meteorology forum and I would like to download meteorological "tracks", that is, when storms occur, many users comment on the status and we post pictures and videos.
Example: http://foro.gustfront.com.ar/viewtopic. ... &start=410
I would like to download that entirely.
Is there anything currently available that can do this?
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Re: Ability to download topics / complete topics

Post by GanstaZ » Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:19 pm

Is there a purpose for this or it's just to collect dust on your comp? Why not use print function?
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Re: Ability to download topics / complete topics

Post by Kigana » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:05 pm

GanstaZ wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:19 pm
Is there a purpose for this or it's just to collect dust on your comp? Why not use print function?
Don't kill the trees. Especially, if you intend to read the stuff offline on a mobile device, or if you want to cut and paste the discussion into another document later.

OK, one could use print view, and then save all page as a full html page. But in print view, you only get the current page of your topic, not the whole topic. For longer discussions, this is a bit much work.

I like the idea of downloading a whole topic, because some of my users have their diary on one of my hidden boards, and they sometimes want to download their texts (poems, stories, personal stuff).

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Re: Ability to download topics / complete topics

Post by GanstaZ » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:24 pm

To be honest, it smells like extension request and not as a core implementation. With core you can already print a topic and mail it, adding one more method wont hurt, but can't see it as a core function. Even if devs will consider it as a core future, it wont happen until 3.3+.
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Re: Ability to download topics / complete topics

Post by david63 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:16 pm

There is a potential problem with allowing anyone to download a topic in file format and that could be, depending on the board, copyright.
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Re: Ability to download topics / complete topics

Post by HiFiKabin » Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:05 pm

Install foxit pdf reader on your PC then you can print to PDF

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Re: Ability to download topics / complete topics

Post by AmigoJack » Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:40 am

GanstaZ wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:19 pm
Why not use print function?
Because topics can have more than one page and boards can have settings other than "15 posts per page".

GanstaZ wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:24 pm
you can already print a topic and mail it
No, you can only send the address to the topic in an e-mail - if I could actually send a topic's content in an e-mail then I could already make it available to non members (who wouldn't be able to read it as guests) and it'd be unbound to time (topic/posts could be deleted/changed at any time).

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Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:05 pm
Install foxit pdf reader on your PC then you can print to PDF
A good internet browser is already able to print to PDF. But that still would only address the current page of a topic.
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Re: Ability to download topics / complete topics

Post by Ger » Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:45 am

While I see the benefit of the underlying idea, I voted negative.

First of all, I'd say this is way better off as an extension instead of a core functionality. Furthermore, I think a better approach would be to use the print view as a base, make that to have all posts in 1 page instead of paginated and let the browser handle the export. Save as PDF, print to paper, save as HTML, etc.
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Re: Ability to download topics / complete topics

Post by 3Di » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:08 am

That's a good idea but based on permissions, not so hard to implement and will not overkill the core base IMO.

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