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#1 Post by wulfheart » Mon May 10, 2021 6:59 pm

I saw a thread regarding a redesign of the platform on the old forum. Is there any way to get the entries of the old forum?

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#2 Post by jmo1121109 » Mon May 10, 2021 7:17 pm


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#3 Post by kestasjk » Mon May 10, 2021 7:25 pm

Huh.. I didn't realize you could still post to it :o
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#4 Post by JECE » Tue May 11, 2021 10:28 pm

Can we have the old threads from before 2013 back? Historical preservation is good. The old Forum can't overload the site anymore if virtually no one uses it, right?

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#5 Post by Tasnica » Tue May 11, 2021 11:23 pm

It'd be really neat to have ready access to a lot of the old content! I remember there especially being a lot of good EoGs scattered around there.

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#6 Post by kestasjk » Wed May 12, 2021 11:32 am

Definitely something worth considering .. it'd be good to have forum posts going back to 0.72 in the main forum
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#7 Post by brainbomb » Fri May 14, 2021 4:00 pm

its not dead, as long as we remember it

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#8 Post by JECE » Fri May 14, 2021 4:41 pm

Thanks, Kestas!

I have to say, by the way, that the old Forum looks really awesome in dark mode!

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#9 Post by wulfheart » Mon May 17, 2021 9:11 pm

Any way to search the old forum?

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#10 Post by wulfheart » Mon May 17, 2021 9:17 pm

There once was a thread about a possible redesign with some graphics and I can't find it. Does anybody remember it?

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#11 Post by JECE » Mon May 17, 2021 11:06 pm

For old threads from the old Forum, you may have luck by checking to see if these subpages of your profile page were ever recorded on the Internet Archive or elsewhere:
https://webdiplomacy.net/profile.php?de ... erID=84364
https://webdiplomacy.net/profile.php?de ... erID=84364

Otherwise, just prefix an internet search (on DuckDuckGo or Google or something) with "site:http://webdiplomacy.net/forum.php". I don't think that search engines handle all the pages in the old Forum very well, but you may be able to find what you are looking for.

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#12 Post by wulfheart » Tue May 18, 2021 7:09 pm

I tried the site: part but it didn't work out. :-(

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#13 Post by Jamiet99uk » Wed May 19, 2021 11:24 am

Brainbomb (over on the old Forum) has raised a sensible question:

"If this (old) forum was eating up data and slowing down the server and destroying the community, why does it still exist and still function?"

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#14 Post by jmo1121109 » Wed May 19, 2021 4:53 pm

The problem is when it's used, so 1 or 2 people checking it to post in last person to win doesn't really slow the site. Hundreds of profiles having it auto populated on the home page...very different story. If a ton of people started using it again we'd have issues again, in which case we'd just block access to it for non mods.
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#15 Post by JECE » Wed May 19, 2021 9:56 pm

If that's the case, then it sounds like re-uploading the older old Forum threads wouldn't cause issues? Or did that cause a different problem?

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#16 Post by Tasnica » Sat May 22, 2021 2:26 am

Found this gem while browsing the old forum:

---Typical Gunboat EoGs---

Austria - "Why is it that being paranoid and insane is the only strategy that feels marginally effective?"

England - "Why do people keep on building bloody fleets? Tell them to stop!"

France - "That was fun. Let's play again!"

Germany - "One of these days, I'm totally going to get Belgium and keep it."

Italy - "No matter how crazy the openings I try, they never seem to work!"

Russia - "What I would give for an army in St. Petersburg..."

Turkey - "At least I didn't die first."
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#17 Post by Tasnica » Sat May 22, 2021 2:49 am

I've also rediscovered the EoGs from the 2013 Around The World Gunboat Tournament and... well that sure was an event! Reading through my old EoGs is pretty amusing, though there's a lot more cursing than I remember. Seems I had... passionate... opinions about a lot of those matches.

They start around Page 44 (April 2013) if anyone wants a blast from the past or is still interested in the World Diplomacy IX variant.
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#18 Post by wulfheart » Sat May 22, 2021 4:32 am

@kestasjk @jmo is possible to get a database dump of the old forum data? Just the thread ID and the content. In that case I could search it and it would really help me.

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#19 Post by kestasjk » Sat Sep 25, 2021 2:47 pm

Hi, thanks for the reminder I forgot that we had to clear the forum messages. I've restored the forum messages going back to post 1:
https://webdiplomacy.net/forum.php?viewthread=1#1

The old forum isn't searchable I'm afraid, I'll try to insert the old forum messages into phpBB
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#20 Post by JECE » Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:30 pm

Amazing, Kestas! You're my hero!

As for searching, if we manage to fix these two pages for every profile, it's almost as good as a search:
https://webdiplomacy.net/profile.php?de ... &userID=10
https://webdiplomacy.net/profile.php?de ... &userID=10

Users would then be able to use [Ctrl] + [F] to at least search through the messages of a given user.
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