Some old thread links are broken. How do I access them?

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Moses PsalmCII

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Hi, I'm new on the server. I have noticed some old links can't be accessed due to the links being broken. For example these:

These links or threads are not restricted so it must be broken. Is there any way to access such old broken links ? Thank you
 

pgwolv

Puritan Board Freshman
Hi, I'm new on the server. I have noticed some old links can't be accessed due to the links being broken. For example these:

These links or threads are not restricted so it must be broken. Is there any way to access such old broken links ? Thank you
It's easy: in the old threads, after "puritanboard.com," replace the first code (e.g. f63) with "threads" and change the hyphen before the final number to a period. Thus https://www.puritanboard.com/f63/responding-james-white-aomin-44382 becomes https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/responding-james-white-aomin.44382

EDIT: I'm not yet sure how to figure out the post-specific URL.
 

pgwolv

Puritan Board Freshman
Hi, I'm new on the server. I have noticed some old links can't be accessed due to the links being broken. For example these:

These links or threads are not restricted so it must be broken. Is there any way to access such old broken links ? Thank you
I found the specific post for you: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/a-history-of-the-authorized-version.31573/post-388956

It's a tedious process. If you look at the special link to any post on the current platform, you will see that each post is assigned a chronological number based on the exact time it was made. JB's post is the 388956th post made on the PB. I saw that, to go to a specific thread, you don't need the thread name, only the number; they are also in chronological order from when they were posted. If you go to https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/31573, that is the thread in which the post was made. To get there, I first guessed a thread number, let's say https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/30000. Then I look at a post's link to determine how close I am. That page has only the main thread, no extra comment, so it is not useful. https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/30001 does have extra comments. The first comment is https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/did-st-Paul-parse-verbs.30001/post-364918. So we are 24000 comments before the one you were looking for... From there it is a matter of zooming in until you strike the jackpot. Note that, within a thread, the post numbers do not always follow directly, because other posts were made in other threads on the same day.
 

Moses PsalmCII

Puritan Board Freshman
I found the specific post for you: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/a-history-of-the-authorized-version.31573/post-388956

It's a tedious process. If you look at the special link to any post on the current platform, you will see that each post is assigned a chronological number based on the exact time it was made. JB's post is the 388956th post made on the PB. I saw that, to go to a specific thread, you don't need the thread name, only the number; they are also in chronological order from when they were posted. If you go to https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/31573, that is the thread in which the post was made. To get there, I first guessed a thread number, let's say https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/30000. Then I look at a post's link to determine how close I am. That page has only the main thread, no extra comment, so it is not useful. https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/30001 does have extra comments. The first comment is https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/did-st-Paul-parse-verbs.30001/post-364918. So we are 24000 comments before the one you were looking for... From there it is a matter of zooming in until you strike the jackpot. Note that, within a thread, the post numbers do not always follow directly, because other posts were made in other threads on the same day.

Wow. Difficult but a good workaround. Thanks a lot
 

Semper Fidelis

2 Timothy 2:24-25
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Yeah, this forum started out on an Open Source platform (the name escapes me). I upgraded it to VBulletin 3 in 2006ish and vBulletin 4 a couple of years later. I then used a package that made some the links more SEO friendly. VBulletin fell behind feature wise and I ended up switching to Xenforo several years ago. Even moving from Xenforo 1.x to Xenforo 2.x was quite a task.

This is a pretty old board with lots of threads and even people who are no longer with us. Keeping up with every link is nearly impossible, but I'm glad you found a workaround.
 
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