Maybe this is a question for Nick, but I figured I'd throw it out to the community in case anyone else knows.
I'm interested in doing some analysis of forum threads. I'm wondering if there is a good way for me to track and query forum threads over time. I'm assuming they have some unique ID. I've noticed that the url for specific threads have the title and then a series of numbers. Is there anything that I should know about this, or is the alpha-numeric combination of title and number the database handle?
Also, is there an API that I can use to download/process the text in the forum threads?