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Screenshot coming soon!


This app was created to solve a request on Meta that the XML of the data dump is not readable. This app aims to convert the XML to HTML.

This needs a lot of work to be useful! As more development is done I will update this question. If this app would be useful to you, let me know! I have a lot of things on my plate and I try to spend my time on the projects which are most wanted by the community.

To use, run it in a terminal and pass the path of a data dump folder. The script will output HTML to the console:

[jnet@Kyle Scratch]$ ./soDumpMe.rb ~/Downloads/012012\ Sexuality/012012\ Sexuality  > "012012 Sexuality.html"

The HTML that is produced groups Questions with their Answers and shows scores. Nothing more... yet. Stay tuned for updates!


Unicorn Software License / MIT license

Anyone is free to take my crappy code and improve it!


Source available from my website. I'll make a Git / SVN repo for this soon.


Script is written in Ruby so it should run on any platform which can run Ruby.


You can contact me here on Stack Apps, or on Meta. You can also email me at: soDumpMe -at- josh -dot- gitlin -dot- name


This app was written in Ruby and requires the xmlsimple RubyGem: gem install xmlsimple

  • So this produces a single page with all of the questions and answers? Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 16:17
  • @GeorgeEdison for now, yes. It's pretty limited, but it can be expanded to produce a page with a list of links to all questions, each in their own page, as the site works. Just depends on how much interest there is, how much time I have, and hoe much (if at all) help I get :-)
    – Josh
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 16:34
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    @Josh Github and people will help.
    – jrg
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 17:09
  • I'd offer to help except I know nothing about Ruby :( Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 19:00
  • FWIW, I have a set of tools that can do the same thing with an XML data dump: github.com/ghewgill/so-static (there's not much documentation, but enough to make it go) Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 19:27
  • Ah, finally found the original post: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/20823/… Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 19:35
  • @GregHewgill Awesome! Maybe I should be improving those instead! I'll check those out when I get a chance.
    – Josh
    Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 11:50


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