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Can the content of a forum be scraped?

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by ItsStorm, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. ItsStorm

    ItsStorm Newbie

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    I have a quick Q as you can see by the title... can the content of someone else's or group of forums be scraped topart populate a new empty forum...?

    I'm not looking for an ethical debate, but a possible solution as a business model i'm looking at would require the website to have a forum.... and as we know there's nothing worse than an empty start up forum.

    Other ideas most welcomed...

    PS I'm a nubee here, so please be gentle with me.. oh and if i have posted this Q in the wrong place 'Sorry' in advance.

    Storm
     
  2. Zakhar

    Zakhar Power Member

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    There is nothing better than unique content, scraping will only get you so far.

    But to answer your question - yes scraping can be done with ease & there's many users on here that could help you with this.
     
  3. EmpireQuality

    EmpireQuality Elite Member

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    perfectly said.
    keep in mind that you need new accounts on your forum to post all the scraped content.
    i understand though that you want to encourage new members to join by having a forum that looks active.
    its similar to buying fake fb likes.
     
  4. Alfonso García

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  5. ItsStorm

    ItsStorm Newbie

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    Yes, that's exactly what I'm looking to do... Populate an empty forum, just to get it started then drive traffic to create it once its up and running...

    any idea on the best forum sw and budget I should be expecting to pay to populate as stated?..

    pm's welcome. Thanks For taking time to reply.
     
  6. mobo57

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    I've created a social site and pre-populated it with 140,000+ accounts, emails, age, sex, city, state, pics, IP's, etc. Takes a little time, just got to know a little SQL. Have a great database (spreadsheet) of real cities-states, names matching to sex and so on. Posted a cut down version of it here a while back. Calculated the full sheet can create over 1,800,000,000,000 real looking users! Now got it hooked up with posting scraped discussions with dates and such. Have to run it on my big machine, takes anything with less than 4 cores and 8 gig of memory to it's knees. Shoot me a PM and I'll give you the details.
     
  7. ItsStorm

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    Hi, sounds interesting can you pm me an email address and currently as a nube i can't pm. Thnx