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Converting from a Threaded discussion (old chowhound) to the new Forum platform.

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Hello... I'm curious about HOW Chowhound converted it's old threaded discussion platform to this new Forum. Reason: because I'm facing a similar challenge myself now. Some questions on this site topic:
1) Were you able to "automatically convert" the old threads to this platform ? If so, what software, etc. was involved ?
2) If not, what did you do with the old archives ?
3) Any suggestions, platform criticisms etc would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. I'll take a guess and say there was nothing "automatic" about it, that it was done by brute force reading/offloading the old data or working from backups, maintaining the thread relationships, and reloading to a new database.

    Of course, if members of the team had performed a similar conversion in the past it could have been greatly expedited by recycling of old scripts, etc.

    I think a lot of custom work was done on the user interface which is actually still a work in progress.

    Good luck with your project.

    1. One of the developers discussed the tools on his blog. Something called Ruby on Rails.

      http://www.pjhyett.com/