Public forum data dump at the IF Archive

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After the forum migration we had to come up with a new way of producing a public data archive for the IF Archive. Well that is now working, and the first data dump has been uploaded to the Archive.

Older dumps were in a text format, that let you search, but not do much else. The new files are SQL dumps, that will let you import a working relational database view of four tables: users, categories, topics, and posts. Many columns are included, probably more than are really useful, but we’ve been careful to exclude any identifying information. User data is limited to username, display name, and registration date.

We’re putting this data up without knowing exactly how it could be used. If you do think up any interesting projects with it, make sure to let us all know!

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