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  1. allow attorneys to upload their pacer documents

    Attorneys currently have millions of pacer documents they have downloaded to their office servers of there own cases for the past few years. Is there a way you can allow attorneys to share these public documents that they have already downloaded prior to Recap starting?

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    • Have Recap turn on when clicking on email links

      When attorneys file documents on Pacer they are sent an email notification with a link to a free look at the document. Currently Recap does not recognize the user logging into Pacer for this free look by clicking the link in the email. Recap would upload numerous times more of files if this feature was added.

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      • create an internet explorer version

        It would be really great to have an internet explorer version of RECAP, but we don't have the expertise to create it. If anybody out there is good at programming IE extensions, we've figured out most of the tough PACER integration questions and can help.

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        • Implement manual "update" button/form for individual cases to avoid 24h wait for recapthelaw update

          How about a button/link/form somewhere on recapthelaw that would allow you to manually initiate an update for a specific case (or, say, up to five cases if you are ambitious)?

          For example: After uploading docs to http://www.archive.org/details/gov.uscourts.wvnd.27168, I would *really* like to be able to initiate an update on recapthelaw of just that case, meaning to build/rebuild the recapthelaw summary page and links that you would expect to find at http://archive.recapthelaw.org/wvnd/27168/ .

          For cases in which the summary page already exists on recapthelaw, you could include an "update from archive.org" link/button, and for new cases, a form that lets…

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          • Free Court Dockets

            It looks like freecourtdockets.com lets anyone get free Pacer dockets. What's that about? I did not enter my Pacer info. Looks like you only need Pacer accoun to access filings. Would be great if Recap worked on freecourtdocket's docket sheets.

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            • provide a feed of recently acquired documents

              I would love to do some interesting projects with the information provided by RECAP, like creating a service that notifies people of constitutional challenges to statutes, or allowing users to find cases currently under litigation by watching for references to particular statutes in briefs. But for these sorts of projects to be useful, there would need a feed of recently added documents, or at a minimum, a list of cases that have been updated recently.

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              • Capture bankruptcy claims

                Bankruptcy cases provide a report of all claims filed by creditors. Can recap capture this report and the attached claims? Example case: NCMB 1:10-bk-82315

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                  • Create a button / ad for webmasters / bloggers to include on sites to help create awareness of RECAP

                    Create a button / banner ad for webmasters and bloggers to include on their sites - particularly those that might deal with caselaw and court documents.

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                    • Incomplete docket reports for text only electronic orders

                      Checking a case in the Massachusetts District I found that the docket report on archive.org did not keep the text only electronic orders that were in PACER. The MAD PACER appears to differ from the others in that it provides no document number for those, which is probably why RECAP misses them.

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                      • Bug Report: Documents not being saved when linked from archive.recapthelaw.org

                        When you click on the "Buy from PACER" link on a docket from archive.recapthelaw.org the document does not get saved by RECAP. For an example click on items 70 or 71 at http://archive.recapthelaw.org/cand/208758/ which are available from PACER at no charge.

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                          • create a RECAP extension for Safari.

                            It would be great if there was a RECAP Extension for Safari users.

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                            • I have to say, I'm thoroughly disappointed with RECAP. There's been plenty of time to fix the bugs and get thing running smooth, but as of n

                              I have to say, I'm thoroughly disappointed with RECAP. There's been plenty of time to fix the bugs and get thing running smooth, but as of now, it's a completely crappy waste of time. It should be overflowing with seminal cases, yet all it has is a hodgepoge of random, meaningless documents that don't do anyone a bit of good.

                              RECAP could be so much more than it is, but it's just being left out in the sun to rot. Whymarent the students, teachers, and programmers working on it?

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                              • HL-2 Notify before uploading anything

                                I think a lot of people are a little concerned about the automatic uploading - I think there should be a warning option that says:
                                "You are about to upload this page to RECAP - Yes -No"
                                Alan

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                                • HL-3 Include Hot Link to CM/ECF Documents in RECAP version of Docket sheet

                                  It would be nice to include a hot-link to a document on the CM/ECF system, if the document has yet to be uploaded to RECAP. Just link to the unique ECF number for the document. This way you can capture documents easily and also one does not need to go onto Pacer, create a docket report, etc. and then download. Also, have a link directly to the ECF Docket report screen so one can obtain an updated docket. You could even feed in the last date on your version of the docket report to make updating easy and quick to…

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                                  • Fix HTTP Header / Filename on "free look" downloads

                                    Jim reported some odd behavior with Firefox apparently trying to display the raw text of PDFs inline because PACER doesn't send them properly. Maybe we can fix this.

                                    http://recapthelaw.uservoice.com/forums/26501-general/suggestions/290837

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                                    • Be nice to the federal courts!

                                      We spend about $1700 a year on Pacer, and I am happy that Recap exists to help us reduce this and help others get affordable access. But let's be nice about the federal court system, which is badly underfunded, for not making PACER free. Pacer remains, even at 10 cents a page (less for very long documents), a great bargain compared to commercial services.

                                      I think a more realistic request is that orders be made free. Already many districts make orders free, but some don't.

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                                      • Show the date a docket was last cached outside of PACER

                                        Currently, when researching archived case information in the public domain the date a docket report was last uploaded is not easily discernible on the information pages published on archive.org and archive.recapthelaw.org. As far as I've been able to find, the only place to see this is on PACER's Docket Sheet page where the RECAP info box message is displayed.

                                        This is cumbersome when following active cases for someone without a PACER account who has no way of knowing how dated the docket information is on the case they are viewing in the archives. And I think surfacing that date would…

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                                        • Show available docs in archived docket

                                          Great new feature in v0.7 showing docket but it doesn't indicate which docs are available in archive, unlike when you do a live docket search. If you can add it for pacer, can you add it for archive.org docket lists.

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