Lately I've been wondering if it was remotely possible that my questions and answers (or any other user's) got lost by any kind of malfunction. Is there some kind of backup that ensures all the great answers and question made by users in math.SE is safe? Is it possible to "back-up" certain questions or answers in some easy and effortless manner? As an example, take Brian or André's, +5000 answers.

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    $\begingroup$ I've made a similar question. $\endgroup$
    – Red Banana
    Apr 20, 2013 at 16:19
  • $\begingroup$ @GustavoBandeira Should have looked before asking. Though my question is more about the existence of a trustful back-up. $\endgroup$
    – Pedro Mod
    Apr 20, 2013 at 16:21
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. Your question is different, It just reminded me of my question. Didn't want to classify it as a dupe. $\endgroup$
    – Red Banana
    Apr 20, 2013 at 16:22
  • $\begingroup$ There are public database dumps that you can download and backup on your own hard drive on occasion. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Apr 20, 2013 at 16:38
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    $\begingroup$ Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/170405/… $\endgroup$
    – badp
    Apr 20, 2013 at 16:50
  • $\begingroup$ Use SinglePage widget in Chrome to save any important page to an upload folder (synced from time to time to an internet storage center e.g. skydrive or ubuntuone). $\endgroup$
    – user59671
    Apr 21, 2013 at 11:59
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila How does that work? $\endgroup$
    – Pedro Mod
    Apr 22, 2013 at 2:41

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Well, there's an StackPrinter. It has a bookmarklet and a greasemonkey script that can be used to easily print a virtual copy of a question. The only problem is that the only output I've seen from this printer is uglier than me, I'm unaware of how to configure it to a nicer output.

There are also virtual printers such as:

  • Nitro PDF Creator;
  • PDFill;
  • Universal Document Conversor;
  • Cute PDF

As Asaf commented, there are public database dumps, Mad Scientist points it here:

SE provides a database dump of all graduated sites every few months, you can use that to set up a copy of this site if you like. For every site that was shut down (only beta sites have been shut down, no graduated sites), SE provided a final data dump with all the site content.

With some scripting software, I guess you can make an automated database backup. This question adds a few more details. These queries in Stack Exchange Data Explorer can export all your questions/answers in a CSV file.

  • $\begingroup$ what do you mean with uglier than me? $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2013 at 18:21
  • $\begingroup$ Look, I still dunno if it's possible to configure to a visually pleasing version. $\endgroup$
    – Red Banana
    Apr 22, 2013 at 18:42
  • $\begingroup$ It's a stripped version for printing on a printer, what do you expect :)? $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2013 at 18:51
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    $\begingroup$ I tried to print and got the same thing - but on paper. $\endgroup$
    – Red Banana
    Apr 22, 2013 at 19:36

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