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Ultimate Forum/Forum Master?

I was wondering if there was a site which uses web scrapping techniques to access other forums such so that users can benefit from a central forum and post to mulitple forums and query multiple forums

Ravi
Saturday, June 19, 2004

Well you can't post to multiple forums, unfortunately. You can search multiple forums, in a very primitive fashion, by using boardreader - http://www.boardreader.com/ - it only covers some forums, and you can't do very sophisticated searches with it. I would love for a Usenet search engine like that for Google Groups ( http://groups.google.com/ ) to come to web forums, but it simply isn't available yet.

Akilesh Ayyar
Saturday, June 19, 2004

I think most forums would block a service that allowed you to post to multiple forums. It sort of defys the purpose of a forum.

Eric Debois
Saturday, June 19, 2004

No, but there is software that will spam multiple PHPbb forums for you, I've seen it. This sounds like what you want.

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, June 19, 2004

Some forums now have RSS feeds.
And there's Usenet of course.

mb
Saturday, June 19, 2004

Yes, I would think a newsgroup would be what you wanted.

Aussie chick
Saturday, June 19, 2004

http://gmane.org - all the public mailing lists you could ask for; And while the web interface is nice, it really shines on the nntp front.

Not web scraping, though.

Ori Berger
Sunday, June 20, 2004

Why does the idea of posting to multiple forums sound like spam to me?

No thanks, I visit different forums to get a *variety* of opinions; the last thing I want is the same post in multiple places.

Tom H
Sunday, June 20, 2004

Write the software yourself & get RICH RICH RICH......

Actually, I could sort-of understand this. Similar to that service that scrapes all your email & banking accounts (what was the name, it was some weird word? Yodlee?). You could supply it with all your logins for various forums & it would present you with the latest pots without you having to log in to all of them.

Posting to multiple forums, however, sounds like a too-easily abused feature.

www.MarkTAW.com
Sunday, June 20, 2004

You know, the idea is good in theory.

But it would bring down any good forum - with 100 people it's a treasure, with 10,000 it becomes a dump.

Alex
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

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