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RatCreature ([personal profile] ratcreature) wrote2017-04-20 11:27 pm
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experiences with the re-running DW importer?

So I've imported my LJ to DW in 2009 and consistently crossposted from DW since, so if I rerun it now, and only import comments, will that work out like you'd want it to? I.e. I get a backup of all the newer comments on the LJ entries added to my DW entries, but older comments won't be duplicated?
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)

[personal profile] st_aurafina 2017-04-21 01:05 am (UTC)(link)
From what I've heard doesn't duplicate comments, unless you've had a name change in the interim.
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[personal profile] sholio 2017-04-21 01:12 am (UTC)(link)
It will not duplicate, no. It just imports the new ones. I had a problem with entire entries being duplicated when I changed the name on my account (I never did figure out a way to fix that, short of manually deleting; there's still two of everything before 2010 or so) but it doesn't normally do that.
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[personal profile] sholio 2017-04-21 07:20 am (UTC)(link)
Hmmm. That thought didn't even occur to me! I've never noticed my comments being duplicated anywhere, though, so possibly it doesn't double up comments, or else they fixed it? I did mention it to them, so they might have done something about it -- I changed my journal names (friendshipper --> sholio) very early in my time on DW, so it's possible that in the 5+ years since then, it's stopped being a problem.
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[personal profile] mific 2017-04-21 11:10 am (UTC)(link)
*frowns* I just tried to import LJ comments, but it won't let me only import those - it wants to import all the journal entries as well, and I don't want duplicates. No name change, but in my case there seems to be no way just to import comments.
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[personal profile] sholio 2017-04-21 07:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh noooo!! I'm so sorry for giving you bad advice. :(

That's so weird, though, because I've run the import probably a couple dozen times (in the early days, I used to do it every couple of months while I still had most of my activity at LJ) and the only time it ever duplicated things was that one time I'd put in a rename token. I mean, in those cases where I'd individually posted to either side (when a fic was too long for one LJ post, or I wanted to do a poll on each side) obviously I had two, but not in other cases.

I'm so so sorry!! I know how incredibly frustrating it is to have doubles! I wish now that I'd deleted my old doubled up entries when it happened, because now people have commented on some of them and I have no idea which are the ones that would be kept and which would be doubled when I run the import again, so my DW archive before about 2011-ish is basically unusable.
Edited 2017-04-21 19:21 (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)

[personal profile] sholio 2017-04-22 05:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Fingers crossed! Also, I wonder if the support tool could fix mine too. I'd probably lose any additional comments on the duplicates at this point (and I know I did get a few, on some of my older fic and vid posts in particular) but it can't be too many.
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[personal profile] sholio 2017-04-21 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
If it finds a duplicate, it just doesn't import it. That is, it won't double-import entries unless you changed your name since the time you did your last import (and maybe not even then, if they fixed that bug). I think you have to select entries in order to import anything else, but it'll just be like "welp, that's already there" - the basic idea with not letting you select comments by itself is that you can't import comments if there's nowhere to import them *to*.

ETA: Except I just read ratcreature's addition and now I'm so confused, because I've backed up my LJ to DW a number of times and never had that happen except the one time after I'd put in a rename token. Now I'm just confused.
Edited 2017-04-21 19:22 (UTC)