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Hello everyone,

 

has anyone else noticed sudden forum post count decrease in their profile? I had over 1500 posts yesterday or a day before and now I have like 1018. That would mean several hundreds of my posts disappeared. Where did they go? Obviously I'm not one of those people who would want to break forum post records (we all know Guppy cannot be beaten anyway), but losing such high amount of posts may indicate some sort of problems with the database and that wouldn't be cool at all.

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Really old threads are being removed in preparation for the migration to the new system. It is trying to be done in a way that users keep their post counts, but given the horrible vBulletin system, the prune feature doesn't work so moderators are having to do it manually, and it looks like doing it manually may be triggering the user post count to be recounted on deletion.

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this explains a lot, like why some of my posts that i normally reference are completely gone. why certain things no longer can be found by searching. i mean i cant be the only one looking to mod these random things, right?

 

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I don't really mind if my post count gets lower, as long as it's not a problem with the database or a hack or both...

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my only problem is a lot of my posts were reference material for modding and now its gone. making rebuilding these mods from scratch even harder because both my original files are gone and the forum posts where i got help on them over the years.

 

but yea, hackers was my worry.

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edited to say, last week i had 7k+ posts, now i have 450.. its a crying shame

 

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my only problem is a lot of my posts were reference material for modding and now its gone. making rebuilding these mods from scratch even harder because both my original files are gone and the forum posts where i got help on them over the years.

 

but yea, hackers was my worry.

 

That sucks. There should be some kind of archive for old posts and threads and those would be on separate server, so old posts and threads wouldn't really be lost forever, at least until they are completely irrelevant - for example when the game goes gold and you have 10 years old modding tutorial made for Alpha 12 that's not even available anymore, that might be some interesting reading from nostalgic point of view, but it probably wouldn't help anyone to mod their current version of the game, so that could get removed from archive as well. This could be done either automatically with custom script to remove the oldest threads based on various conditions that would make sure the script doesn't remove some stuff that's still relevant or manually by moderators.

 

The advantage of this would be that users wouldn't lose their important posts and threads, neither their post count, forum would be still clean of old posts that may not be that much relevant anymore and the forum itself would be still accessible without lag caused by the slowdowns due to too much data in the database.

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Active mod threads shouldn't be deleted, this could be a linking / url issue with the update from 4.2 to 5.6, some of the url linking changed.

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Yeah, I was looking up one of my old threads, and after getting a "not found" error I realised I was back to "Zombie Hunter" status. Brings me back to the old days.

 

Really, though, I hope they fix the forums soon. It's such a hassle to look things up now.

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I had close to 18000 posts and now I seem a lot less obsessive.

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That sucks. There should be some kind of archive for old posts and threads and those would be on separate server, so old posts and threads wouldn't really be lost forever, at least until they are completely irrelevant - for example when the game goes gold and you have 10 years old modding tutorial made for Alpha 12 that's not even available anymore, that might be some interesting reading from nostalgic point of view, but it probably wouldn't help anyone to mod their current version of the game, so that could get removed from archive as well. This could be done either automatically with custom script to remove the oldest threads based on various conditions that would make sure the script doesn't remove some stuff that's still relevant or manually by moderators.

 

The advantage of this would be that users wouldn't lose their important posts and threads, neither their post count, forum would be still clean of old posts that may not be that much relevant anymore and the forum itself would be still accessible without lag caused by the slowdowns due to too much data in the database.

 

All the posts ARE backed up in a separate place. Whether we will be able to ever access them again or not is another matter. We only pruned threads that had not been posted to in 2+ years. So if someone made a mod 4 years ago but was actively working on it and updating the thread at all during the past two years then it wouldn't have been erased because we went by the most recent post in the thread and not by the original post date. We are of course very sorry for the losses people may be experiencing but it is necessary.

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All the posts ARE backed up in a separate place. Whether we will be able to ever access them again or not is another matter. We only pruned threads that had not been posted to in 2+ years. So if someone made a mod 4 years ago but was actively working on it and updating the thread at all during the past two years then it wouldn't have been erased because we went by the most recent post in the thread and not by the original post date. We are of course very sorry for the losses people may be experiencing but it is necessary.

 

yea, I've been on hiatus almost a year. threads i was intending to update over the next month are gone.

 

even so, a few posts i've made in the last 30 days are gone too.

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yea, I've been on hiatus almost a year. threads i was intending to update over the next month are gone.

 

even so, a few posts i've made in the last 30 days are gone too.

 

I've noticed some posts of mine and others disappearing since we changed to VB5. All the more reason to make the conversion. Apologies about those older posts. Once we are done with the conversion I will ask Brains if there is a way to recover the old posts.

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Did @Guppycur get nerfed too? ?

 

Don't you know it!

 

Guppy before the purge...

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And Guppy after the purge...

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I went from 8388 to 4128.

 

We lost our rep from those posts too.

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Don't you know it!

 

Guppy before the purge...

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And Guppy after the purge...

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I went from 8388 to 4128.

 

We lost our rep from those posts too.

 

actually thats not even close to how many he had. LOL. they made a special category for him .

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actually thats not even close to how many he had. LOL. they made a special category for him .

 

I took the screenshot of the post count right before we started the purge. I know on the old VB4 forum he was around 22-23k.

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I took the screenshot of the post count right before we started the purge. I know on the old VB4 forum he was around 22-23k.

 

23k sounds closer to right.

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omg from 450 to 373... whaaaaaa

 

Over in the console section, Claire just went from well over 6k posts to barely more than 1000.

 

 

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Without all the history I give Adam the Waster even odds on being the new leader before long...

 

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Without all the history I give Adam the Waster even odds on being the new leader before long...

 

Out with the old in with the new, I guess.

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Don't you know it!

 

Guppy before the purge...

626fb977e34762f8d7c9fb6ec5e76a6b.png

 

And Guppy after the purge...

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I went from 8388 to 4128.

 

We lost our rep from those posts too.

 

You meant to say notoriety ? :lemo:

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