Now that Aardvark is shutting down, how do I download my questions and answers before they go away completely?
I've written a script to do this, but it only works when the site is working properly. Right now, vark.com states:
Aardvark is down for routine maintenance right now. Check back in a few minutes!
I'm concerned that "few minutes" is "forever".
MORE EDIT: I just realized that I used vark.com largely through IM and email, so digging through my chat logs and email should help. Not ideal, but do-able.
EDIT: Thanks, other Barry. I tried googling 'site:vark.com "barry c"' but got only 80 results:
but I know I have at least 1014 questions:
so the google results are extremely incomplete.
blog.vark.com's last paragraph states:
p.s. In the spirit of data liberation, we want to make sure that any of you Aardvark users who would like to retrieve your past data from the service can do so. Right now of course you can log in and manually copy anything you'd like to keep. Or if you prefer, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a bulk dump of your data (please allow time for us to process these). After September 30, there will be no way to retrieve your data, as shortly after that we will delete everything permanently.
so this might be difficult (google owns vark.com, and it looks like they're in the process of nuking vark.com's cached data as well).
I haven't tried archive.org yet, but seeing my own questions required logging in and I don't think archive.org's cache will suffice.