Mar. 21, 2008 @ 14:27
Day of Defeat forum archive.

Can’t believe I forgot to mention this!

I think a lot of people know me from the years I spent on the old Day of Defeat forum. It’s where my interest in modding seriously started and where a lot of the inspiration for my modding tools came from (JHLMV was born there).

Anyway, late February we got word that Valve had finally decided to pull the seperate DoD site and forums and merge them into the Steampowered user forums. Sadly, we didn’t get a lot of advance warning and no provision was being made to back-up or archive the forums. Personally, I thought this was a real shame because the forums were a real goldmine of information for mappers and modders for both the Source and Goldsrc engines.

As best as I could, I set about writing a script to try and make a static archive of the forums but due to the time pressures I only managed the mapping and modelling forums. I went for these first as they had the largest ammount of info relevant to modders.

So here is what I managed to save. Sorry it’s not fantastically presented but the nature of trying to spider that many posts quickly and convert all the tags isn’t easy. However keeping it in a simple text format keeps the size/bandwidth down and makes it much easier to index.

Hope people find it useful.

Responses to “Day of Defeat forum archive.”

It’s Valve. They fund Half-Life fan sites, and use them as tools but they can’t pay damn server bills for the DoD forums. I love Valve and their outstanding work, but they sometimes ruin things that important for us, for people. I guess they have a cruel face we never seen.

Posted by Anon
Mon, March 31st, 2008 @ 18:43

I don’t think it was about not being able to pay the server bills at all. More about bringing the DoD forums together with the official Steam forums as they did with the CS:S forums years ago.

I’ll admit it’s a shame but I don’t think its Valve being “evil”, just wanting everything together.

Posted by Jed
Tue, April 1st, 2008 @ 08:28

Thank you for your hardwork. A referring link from the FNF forums was posted to here to help our community access your archive. It is much appreciated!



Posted by Buzzard
Fri, April 11th, 2008 @ 02:12