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    Is it possible to do something about it? For example, I have this link saved, but I can't follow it anymore http://quakeone.com/forums/quake-mod...arkplaces.html

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    Unfortunately no. The link structure changed in the new forum software

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    • #3
      Hello Solecord,

      That is really unfortunate.
      All the links that ever got created outside of this forum that linked to this forum are now dead.
      It is like turning back the clock to zero again.

      And of course also all the links within this forum threads linking to other forum threads are as well dead.
      That makes searching for solutions almost impossible.

      That is in my opinion the worst thing that can happen to a forum with tons of informations, solutions, files, helps, tips.
      It turns them all to non-existent.
      What a huge loss. To an already shrinking community.

      I am sorry to hear that this step/decision was unavoidable.

      Regards,
      Seven

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      • #4
        There is no way to create an .htaccess that has tricky rules which redirect old links to the new link structure? This site is already suffering greatly; having all your old links wrecked is like killing the site while it is still active.

        WordPress, vanilla and phpbb3 have options that allow you to choose your link structure based on a few presets in admin panel. Maybe VBulletin has a similar feature. At best, you may be able to choose a link structure which is the most similar to the original and do some mod rewrite in .htaccess based on as little difference as possible.

        There IS a solution to this and I'd be willing to bet I am spot on. Ignoring this or chalking it up to "fuck it" would be a terrible decision. This is erasing you from the internet and potentially discouraging people from participating/investing effort.

        Have you considered that your best plan of action is to revert to the old site, build the new site locally on your home computer ~ addressing all the various issues, and put the new version up when it is a completed product? It is not better that we have "something" (especially a something that breaks your presence). In it's current state this site seems practically abandoned.
        Last edited by MadGypsy; 08-08-2017, 01:56 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MadGypsy View Post
          There IS a solution to this and I'd be willing to bet I am spot on. Ignoring this or chalking it up to "fuck it" would be a terrible decision. This is erasing you from the internet and potentially discouraging people from participating/investing effort.

          Have you considered that your best plan of action is to revert to the old site, build the new site locally on your home computer
          I vote this. Solecord if you don't have enough time on your hands then this would be a practical solution.

          MadGypsy hit the nail on the head - 100%'ish Broken links means 11 years of backlinks, link authority, link recognition and general linking are down the toilet which is suicide for a forum community.

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          • #6
            As a "coping with the problem" measure ....

            Using this broken link as an example

            Broken link: http://quakeone.com/forums/quake-mod...penkatana.html
            Take link and prefix with this: https://web.archive.org/web/20140619162932
            Somewhat usable link: https://web.archive.org/web/20140807...penkatana.html

            If I remember, the old site used some sort of SEO optimization add-on to convert plain vanilla links into super-search-engine-high-ranking-results by modifying the URL, otherwise the link would have referenced just a thread number.
            Quakeone.com - Being exactly one-half good and one-half evil has advantages. When a portal opens to the antimatter universe, my opposite is just me with a goatee.

            So while you guys all have to fight your anti-matter counterparts, me and my evil twin will be drinking a beer laughing at you guys ...

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            • #7
              The new link for OpenKatana is http://quakeone.com/forum/quake-mod-...902-openkatana
              Old link is http://quakeone.com/forums/quake-mod...penkatana.html

              Can it be something as simple as adding 227 to the number?

              Here is a link that doesn't work ... http://quakeone.com/forums/quake-hel...ck-frozen.html

              10913 + 227 = 11140

              http://quakeone.com/forums/quake-hel...ck-frozen.html

              Still doesn't work, but if I then remove .html from the end?

              http://quakeone.com/forums/quake-hel...s-stuck-frozen

              Works? No. 11192 is the needed number and it is off by 52. So apparently it isn't a hard 227 number difference, the thread id number varies some. So no fixed pattern

              Actual link: http://quakeone.com/forum/quake-help...rozen-in-place
              Last edited by Baker; 08-14-2017, 05:39 PM.
              Quakeone.com - Being exactly one-half good and one-half evil has advantages. When a portal opens to the antimatter universe, my opposite is just me with a goatee.

              So while you guys all have to fight your anti-matter counterparts, me and my evil twin will be drinking a beer laughing at you guys ...

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              • #8
                So basically the vB conversion scripts renumbered all the threads because they have new database schemas. That's why it's not just straightforward. The reason I upgraded was the site was getting "hacked" a couple times a month because I was running a version of vBulletin that had security flaws. It was either leave things the way they are and allow the site to get hacked or actually upgrade. I chose to upgrade. Yes it sucks all the old links are now broken, but it is what it is. I still have the old database so I can attempt to create a lookup between old threads and new and manually build an htaccess redirect, but that will take some time.

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