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I have a blog on Blogger that I would like to turn into a bbPress forum. This is a blog that has essentially been used as a forum, so bbPress is a better solution. Unfortunately, by default bbPress only seems to be able to import from phpBB and bbPress. I imported Blogger into WordPress as posts thinking I might be able to convert the posts to topics, with comments being the replies, but I can't seem to do that either. Is there any way to do this?

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No, there isn't. And unfortunately that's because you've been using Blogger to do something it was never intended to do.

I'm not saying this is a bad thing.

Blogger (and WordPress) are built to handle an article format:

  • One author publishes a large article
  • Other writers create short-format comments
  • Comments and replies are threaded together for context.

bbPress (and phpBB) are built to handle a discussion format:

  • One author creates a topic (usually short-format)
  • Other writers contribute responses to that topic
  • Aside from the separation of individual topics, there is no other contextual threading

Each tool is meant to be used in a different environment. Unfortunately, that also means there are very few (you're the second I've ever heard of) use cases of migrating from one to the other.

TLDR - there is no automated tool. Your safest bet is to do a manual migration (which will be time-consuming, I know). Your second best bet would be to hire a dev to script the migration for you.

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Thanks for the reply. I realize we've been using Blogger to do something it was never intended to do. This exactly why we want to move away from it. I wrote my own import script this afternoon which seems to be working well, just thought I'd save myself some time if there was already a tool out there. Perhaps I will release my script as a plugin at some point. –  Dustin Oct 24 '12 at 21:25
    
If anyone else is interested in this, here is the script that I used in plugin form. May move it to wordpress.org at some point, but it is pretty rough right now. github.com/nosecreek/Posts-to-bbPress –  Dustin Oct 26 '12 at 4:29
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