As already explained, the early data base of the new physics site will contain all of the Theoretical Physics SE questions, plus selected questions from elsewhere (mostly Physics SE I guess for now). There are some attribution issues we have to respect (some boring tasks can hopefully be automated), and importing Theoretical Physics questions works already reasonably well 🙂
Polarkernel now kindly asks us to specify the most important features we’d like the data import facility to have, such that he does not have to provide everything that could be imagined per default. As I see it, it would be nice to
- get some tasks in the context of attribution (adding the links and the Physics SE symbol) automated.
- let the former TP users access their old posts and accounts. This can probably be resolved by setting up an appropriate meta thread where they can reclaim their account (if the forgotten password facility can not be used for some reason).
- be able to select questions to import from Physics SE data dumps by tag and / or users, to get the most interesting ones without introducing too much low-level noise.
- be able to “real-time” import questions from SE data dumps while the site is running online.
The possibility to salvage Physics SE questions in real-time while the new physics site is running online, seems to become more and more important unfortunately: in the context of upcoming changes in policies, Physics SE seems to gravitate towards closing and deleting everything that is currently tagged homework, including very high-level advanced topic technical questions listed in this chatroom that have wrongly attached this tag to them (!). The new books policy, which finally replaces the since a year enforced rule that any questions asking for study material / references as naturally defined and needed by serious students and researchers, are forbidden, is finally implemented. However, the relaxed rule does only apply to future questions. Old reference / study material questions (again as defined by researchers instead of SE politicians …) will most probably get destroyed and the information they contained hidden (from the related question detector and the search facility of Physics SE) in graveyards called tag-wikis. Even questions that are only 10 days old (!) and that have been asked correctly according to the new books policy, will rather get destroyed than reopend … The terrible idea of hiding very useful content in non-searchable for people logged in (but googlable) tag-wikis almost nobody looks at, came of course up on MSO and some people who for some reason are always fond of the worst unhelpful up to destructive ideas and policies posted on MSO, can not let go and accept that some of these fads may fail on some (non Trilogy) sites in the network …
… but back to business now ;-), I’d like to ask anybody interested to add additional ideas and thoughts about what would be nice and important features our data import facility should have, in the comment discussion.