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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:27 am

I just noticed that the forum is a lot more relaxed this week than last week. At the end of last week, the tone was getting strained and tense. I expected it to be worse this week due to (still) lack of hardware, but the tone has actually relaxed.

After a bit of thinking, I realised that the tension may have been related to the fact that last Friday was payday for a lot of people. I know for me at least, the rattling of coppers at the bottom of my empty piggy bank does not improve my mood.

Having solved this conundrum for myself, I wondered if it would be obvious to somebody reading this forum months or years in the future. And then I asked myself why anybody would even want to read this forum years in the future.

This forum is an absolute goldmine for a psychology researcher. There are so many facets captured here, for example the spontaneous building of a community, the frenzy leading up to first sale, the building of a hierarchy.

This forum could also be of historical significance. I envision that the release of the RPi will be as significant as the "hobby" that Linux Torvalds released on Usenet. In 20 years, researchers might want to track the progress of RPi hour-by-hour.

I am worried that the current contents of the forum may be lost, especially because there is talk of moving away from Wordpress. Therefore, I wish to declare this forum as a National Treasure.

Is there any way to create a dump of the Wordpress database and ensure that several people keep copies? Is it worth it?

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:15 am

I thought this going to be another "Liz" thread.

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:28 am

Oh lord….  Our off-the-cuff comments preserved for posterity?

Does posterity deserve such a curse? 


Piglet said: "I thought this going to be another "Liz" thread."



Thats what I feared, have a look at the "Moderated blog comments" thread in the General Forum….

There are parts of the forum that are of technical interest and indeed of sociological interest, but there"s also a fair amount of drivel (to which I"ve contributed a fair proportion, I should imagine).  I don"t know what the signal to noise ratio is and I don"t know how much of the "signal" is worth retaining over time.

If the intent is to retain it for academic study in future years, then perhaps a university library might be interested in keeping a copy, or perhaps the British Library.  We"re told that we"re in an age where more and more of our culture is kept on electronic media.  Perhaps these bodies ought to be in the forefront of keeping our cultural memory in this New Age.

Continuing with my Whytes Notation fixation, this was post 262

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:42 am

I'm sure MI5 or MI6 are recording our every word .......... as evidence.

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:05 am

In the hope that this is indeed being read by social anthropologists hundreds of years in the future I would just like to say "cock!".

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:30 am

... as a paperback in the bog next to Alice in Wonderland maybe.

Class 28 co-bo! nice!

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:35 am

Jongoleur said:


Continuing with my Whytes Notation fixation, this was post 262

2-6-2 Prairie Locomotive



Or, if you come from the South (''cos ""The Sun Shines Most on the Southern Coast""), that would be 1?C1?

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:41 am

@russ wall:

As illustrated in Terence Cuneo's painting Night Freight

(It was on the cover of a 70s Triang Hornby catalogue)

@Lynbarn:

Oliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid had a lot to answer for….. 

Post 264, or:  The BR Standard Class 4 Tank
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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:51 pm

Well, luckily for you lot, I'm a hoarder of data. So even if (as is likely) we move off to different forum software in the medium term and are not able to port all the data from this forum, the database for this forum will be archived and I will probably be making it publicly available, at least as a torrent.
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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:01 pm

liz said:


Well, luckily for you lot, I'm a hoarder of data. So even if (as is likely) we move off to different forum software in the medium term and are not able to port all the data from this forum, the database for this forum will be archived and I will probably be making it publicly available, at least as a torrent.


Could we just not keep a copy in the same place 'they' keep Stephen Fry of a night?

and how did this forum suddenly become a Train Spotters paradise.

Post 29: Private Members Club.
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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:50 pm

liz said:


Well, luckily for you lot, I'm a hoarder of data. So even if (as is likely) we move off to different forum software in the medium term and are not able to port all the data from this forum, the database for this forum will be archived and I will probably be making it publicly available, at least as a torrent.


unless we pay the blackmail er data wipe fee

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:36 pm

ukscone said:


liz said:


Well, luckily for you lot, I'm a hoarder of data. So even if (as is likely) we move off to different forum software in the medium term and are not able to port all the data from this forum, the database for this forum will be archived and I will probably be making it publicly available, at least as a torrent.


unless we pay the blackmail er data wipe fee



Yes...  And we all know that Liz has a long memory - remember the mouse? 

I wonder what she's set the fee at?  Too much and I won't be able to afford a Raspberry Pi!

@Luny:  Its ok, I've another 176 posts before my next wheel arrangement!
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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:33 pm

scep said:


In the hope that this is indeed being read by social anthropologists hundreds of years in the future I would just like to say "cock!".


Maybe some of us on here already are...

<<shifts eyes left to right rapidly in a not at all suspicious way>>

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:30 pm

Jongoleur said:

@Luny:  Its ok, I've another 176 posts before my next wheel arrangement!
Damn. I was fascinated to see what you would post for the odd numbers.

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:31 pm

hyuecn said:


scep said:


In the hope that this is indeed being read by social anthropologists hundreds of years in the future I would just like to say "cock!".


Maybe some of us on here already are...


"Cocks", "social anthropologists" or "hundreds of years in the future"? If the latter, can you PM me the launch date please so I can take a sickie that day?

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:41 pm

scep said:


hyuecn said:


scep said:


In the hope that this is indeed being read by social anthropologists hundreds of years in the future I would just like to say "cock!".


Maybe some of us on here already are...


"Cocks", "social anthropologists" or "hundreds of years in the future"? If the latter, can you PM me the launch date please so I can take a sickie that day?


More the second, but plenty of people would say the first

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:15 pm

Jongoleur said:


@Luny:  Its ok, I've another 176 posts before my next wheel arrangement!



I think Mr Stanier might have something to say about that!

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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:37 pm

Jongoleur said:


@Luny:  Its ok, I've another 176 posts before my next wheel arrangement!



dur... I'm lost. You've come over all technical on me.

12 + 6, These sums are getting tough!
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Re: A National Treasure

Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:42 pm

russ wall said:


Jongoleur said:


@Luny:  Its ok, I've another 176 posts before my next wheel arrangement!


I think Mr Stanier might have something to say about that!



Yes I'd forgotten the 28xx, the 47xx, and the 8F. So its not only Stanier, but Churchward too, not forgetting Whale, Robinson and Gresley, so I've another 12a posts to make. And thats just the UK....
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Re: A National Treasure

Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:11 am

A former partner's Mum was/is an international leading light with regard to the archival strategy of information, I might drop a line to my former partner and ask her if her Mum has a technical opinion on the subject.

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