How could we extract user/list network from public discussion forum

May 5, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Edited May 5, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Hi all,

Is it possible to extract user/ list network from public discussion forum by Nodexl?
If yes, how?

Your help and advice will be appreciated.
May 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Thank you for the interest in NodeXL!

Message boards do have reply networks. However, given the large number of varieties of message boards in use we have not implemented a general message board importer.

Users must get the data from these systems into the form of an edge list themselves.

Is there a particular service from which you would like to be able to extract data?

May 6, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Dear Marc,

Thank you very much for your help. I really appreciate it. I would be grateful if you just explain me how can I get reply networks in message boards.
Also how can I creat an edge list? Could you please introduce me some related sources.
We would like to extract data for example from the following forums:

I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
May 6, 2013 at 10:51 PM
The details of an edge list and how to import them into NodeXL is discussed in the book, Analyzing social media networks with NodeXL.

The practical issues of collecting data from the message boards you listed involve some basic programming. You will need to "scrape" these sites. A programming language like Python can be useful for this process.

May 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM
Thank you very much for the help. I really appreciate it.

Best regards,