Hm. Time and effort. Kind of. I just used the browser and copypasted.
The hardest part was figuring out how to get that data and, apparently, discourse offers everything in a relatively convinient matter.
Jason (json) pisses me off, though, and I really hate him.
Tell you what, requesting 80k users in a single page made the server process,
which handled my request,
go bye bye.
The hardest part was figuring out how discourse works. Still not through with that. I refused to use a library of some sorts, because
I’m a back-to-the-roots assembly coding badass who works close to the metal I’m an idiot sometimes.
Well, I did it, because I have it. There’s no reason not to make stuff public to save people some time if they ever find a reason for this. It’s an “open source” thing to do. I’m not actually one of those guys, but I respect the fact that, when you use other people’s stuff it’s just fair to give back to the community.
So I give this back. Just like I gave the “wars” back for everyone to use the data for whatever reason. There’s not necessarily a deeper thought behind it. I don’t care about “benefits” at all.
It’s a part of the “bigger picture” way of thinking, where you know that whatever you share can cause other people to share it, which can end up in hands that really have interesting uses for it. Everyone benefits that way.
If it really that much flabbergasts you, then I must insist you try doing something and just sharing it with a wider audience. In general, if there’s just one guy who has some use for whatever-it-is, then it’s a win.
Don’t do porn, though. : - )