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Building a links database, a long slow process

Posted by StankDawg , 10 September 2009 · 68 views

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As I post this, most of you see the message at the top about how I am cleaning up posts from the linkz section.

The original idea for the linkz section was to handle the large number of posts from members, many of them one time posters to spam their sites, that were simple links to their sites. We also wanted to have a place for people to post links to interesting ebay auctions or craigslist finds. It did a good job and kept the rest pf the forums pretty clean from that type of content in the early years. Now that we have grown larger, the amount of content is sufficient enough to send those type of posts down the post list pretty fast, thus rendering them less annoying.

As we grew, there was actually a minor phenomenon that happened where some people were confused as to what the linkz section was for and where they should post some content. People started posting links to news articles that were hacking or phreaking related in the linkz section thinking that was the correct place for ALL links. Now this was a good thing that people were trying to follow the rules and post in appropriate areas, so obviously we never had any problems with that, but truth be told, a lot of those posts probably should have gone directly into the General Hacking section or the Old Skool Phreaking section instead. As I go through it, I also find some that I am moving into other parts of the forums like the graphics section and a lot of off-topic stuff. Since each thread has to be judged individually, I have to go through them one by one and decide what to do with them.

That forum has around 2800 posts in it before I started. Now that we have an actual links module, I do not see the need anymore for having a linkz forum. But what do we do with all of that content? There are a lot of good links that are still valid and useful and a lot of great discussion on many of them. While there is a "mass move" function that I can use to just dump EVERY post into another forum of my choice, I do not want to use that since the topics are diverse and no single forum is a good place for all of them. Basically, I have to go through them one by one and decide 2 things.

  • Whether the link is worth adding to our new links database.
  • Where to move the thread itself.

How do I decide what to save, you might wonder? Well, admittedly, it is just me using my best judgment, so please don't be offended if I skip a link that you think should have been in our new database. For the most part, I read each thread and decide whether the link is still active and valuable to keep on file. If so, I find the proper section of our links database to put it in and save it. Since the links database is just beginning, I am having to add sections as I see a need, so new categories are popping up all the time. Some I skip intentionally, some I just miss on accident. Many of the links are simply to news stories of some kind and there is not really a need to keep them in a database. They may still have valuable discussion and content however.

This leads to step 2. I then decide what the thread is about and find another place in the forums to move it. If it is about hacking, I move it to GH. If it is about Phreaking, I move it to OSP. We have many forums that cover a lot of different topics and so far, I have found an appropriate place fore everything. If anything is questionable, I move it to off-topic. While I work through this, which may take months, you will see content disappearing from that forum and popping up elsewhere on the site. Since it is older, it will get shuffled in chronologically and you will not see them appearing at the top of any forums, don't worry about that.

If you want to help out, what you can do is just add links to our links database. I am going through the linkz section, but if you have any links that you think deserve to stay in out database because they are good, ongoing, useful or fun sites, by all means submit them. To prevent SPAM, all links must be approved by moderators. Try to post them in the appropriate category, but a moderators may decide to move it if they think it is better served elsewhere. Don't worry, the links database is searchable.

This is just one of many news apps that we are now offering on binrev.com so keep checking back. You can subscribe to my blog to get announcements (and other assorted drama) on all things binrev and StankDawg in nature.




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