Wow, that's a quiet thread -- last post is June... I feel like I'm starting a conversation at some hidden, out of the way room... :-)
OK, here goes: some threads can become monstrous in size, especially "owners" threads (e.g., Berville Dual Boiler 900, Quick Mill Vetrano 2B, etc., in the Espresso Machine forum.) While these threads can (and do) include a lot of idle, short-term chatter, they also include very valuable long-term information such as setup advice, procedures for various tasks, etc. By nature, these threads start when a new machine is introduced, and they hold inside them much learning-curve related information that could be extremely helpful for both future new users/owners, as well as veteran owners who might want to get back and refresh their memory about one thing or another.
The question I'm facing is how to weed the junk out of the good crop? In my view, there might be two basic approaches to this: online and offline (details below). What I'm asking here is whether either is achievable currently, or if the forum can be modified to make them do-able.
Online: Improve the search engine so that one can execute a search limited to a specific thread/topic (like it is in home-barista.com). This will allow me to search, for example, for PID settings only in my thread of interest (e.g., only in the Breville 900) without having to thumb through all the search results from other threads/topics.
Offline: Allow me to download to my computer a complete thread (e.g., in a text file), so I can search it locally, and save only the posts that interest me.
Is any of these currently do-able? What will it take to make it so?
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