June 1st, 2007

Technical assistance - anybody have some to spare?

My kingdom for a coder!

In an ideal world, someone would pop up right about now with a nifty program that'd let us export our LJs to the clones at JF and GJ. Does anyone know of such a program?

I have found another way, but it's pretty damned painstaking. Mind you, I think I'm going to do it over a couple of months and see how that works.

This way relies on using an LJ client. I use Semagic.

First, get your entries from LJ:
Log into LJ with Semagic, go into the history (Journal/View History), use the calendar to select an entry, and click Edit. That'll open up the old entry in the clipboard, with all your original information. Save the file, and then cancel the edit. It's worth while doing a stack of entries at once (I'm saving the files in date form eg. 20051022, so I can see them easily) as you need to log in and out of the servers.

Then, to post the entries to GJ/JF:
Edit the server at the Semagic log in screen to log into GJ, go to File/Open to open the files one at a time, and then post them. The entry will be posted with all the original information, including the time/date and settings.

The worse thing is the loss of comments, but I think I'm going to do that as a copy/paste into a single comment for each post, because I do treasure them.

I don't have a lot of confidence that something like this isn't going to happen again, and I think what will mainly keep us here is our history. We put a lot of ourselves into our LJs and the relationships we build here, and we don't want to lose that. If there's a coder who'd write the program to let us export/import, I think a lot of us would go, because we'd be able to go together. Lemmings! :D

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