I’m trying to showcase Discourse to a group of friends. We have a CAD forum that has been independent for 20 years or so. It is being eaten up by the company who makes the CAD system we use. Some of us think this is a dumb move by both the cad company and the “owners” of the forum. So I would like to load the history I have of the forum into a discourse server and then let the guys/gals take a look.
I don’t know that discourse is the solution because its really/probably a hosting+money issue. But I see a sort of freedom if we can make our discourse “decentralized”. We can probably host it private from home with several backups around the states.
So anyho, I got history in the form of emails in Gmail. I can download it all and parse it using perl. But then is there an easy format that I can load it all into discourse? It would be coming from my user so the users who actually posted would not have accounts yet. how would I deal with that? maybe I could load it all as a word press reference? but then that would not show case discourse. I could maybe make a bunch of fake users and do it that way?