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Old 2003-11-03, 06:52   Link #1
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Netherlands
Age: 38
About Forum Status

For some time we have had some trouble with the forum. MySQL errors
were frequent, which lead to small forum corruption and inability to post
for hours at a time until the problem was fixed.

The presumed reason for this was that Burning Board, the forum software
we used on the old forum did not work well with MySQL v4. That, combined
with other problems with Burning Board made me decide to switch to forum
to vBulletin, version 3 to be exact, eventhough it's not out of Beta yet.

To convert the forum faithfully I had been writing my own conversion scripts.
I initially tested these scripts on a old copy of the database. But to make sure
these scripts worked properly I needed to test them on a current copy of
the database. So I asked the server admin to send me a backup.

Disaster strikes
On November 2 the server admin tried to make a backup to send to me, but
something went horribly wrong, which resulted in database data from the
end of July to overwrite the current forum data and also mess up any backups
he already had made.

Although he tried, there is unfortunately no way to recover the database.
Needless to say I'll probably discuss the backup procedure with him so that this
will not happen again in the future (or at least not this dramatic way).

There were many forum members (obviously a large group of them who registered
after July 30, but also members who registered earlier) that considered that if
the forum would need to be reset, a complete reset would be better. A poll on
this issue confirmed it.

So that's why the forum is now completely empty again. However, if you still need
to access old posts made before July 30, see this site for a backup copy of the old forum:


So what now?
If you registered on the forum after July 30, you will have to register again.

My old user account is still there, but I want a different username!
In that case, don't reregister, just mail me at so
that I can change your username for you.

Is there really no way to recover old posts?
Not that I know.

This thread is closed for discussions, however you can discuss it here.

Last edited by GHDpro; 2003-11-04 at 11:03.
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Old 2003-11-03, 18:58   Link #2
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Netherlands
Age: 38
I apologize for putting a link to a test copy of the forum
instead of this forum for this thread for a few hours.

Sorry if you registered & posted on the "wrong" forum...
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