metulburr wrote:I would assume a day or two warning, but i dont think it will matter anyways because people will still post.
Does everyone agree? I'll give that much forewarning and I'll say in advance how long it'll be down, or my best guess.
Consistent usernames are easy to deal with. KevinD's case is also easy, as long as I'm aware of everyone who did it. It's a simple special case. Also, I believe recruiters may look at our posts here and so that's a decent reason to keep all the history around. If it also might do search engines, that's great too. When I say selectively, I mean that I could only merge old posts that users claim. The issue with that is that if after I do it someone comes along and wants it done again, that's more downtime for the forum.
ochichinyezaboombwa wrote:It would be best if the old urls work. Do you have any knowledge about the old forum vs. new forum ids (f= , t=)?
Awesome news anyway. Let us know if we could be of a help.
I have no idea what this is about, and I consider it beyond the scope of what I'm doing here. If you are serious about it, please start a separate thread so that people who know more about it can discuss it without cluttering this already growing thread.
setrofim wrote:Would it be possible to uniformly add some sort of suffix to the id's form the old forum, e.g. "old_" to distinguish them from the same ids in the new forum? Of course, that means current users will be diassociated from their old posts...
I think this idea is neat, especially if we also merged those who wanted it and we could change the old_ usernames later to the original ones and/or merge as people request it. But it seems a bit kludgy to me. I haven't done any analysis to know how big of a deal the clashes are. I'll update here when I have.
Also, while I'm at it, I have noticed that there are a lot of users (the vast
majority) who since they created their account, have had their email address and/or IP banned. Just 0-post spammer seeds. We have only had one complaint of an apparent false positive and that was worked out. I intend to clean out both databases before the merge and restore, and of course I'll retain all old material just in case. I will not include old 0-post accounts in the restore.