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Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:40 pm
In 2012, after five years on Invision Power Board 1.3.1 Final, 'Souls moved to phpBB3 due to our host upgrading its software to be incompatible with IPB. The IPB forum was left as an archive, as we were given very short notice on this upgrade. While the old forum survived on Sie's personal host for a while; eventually they, too, upgraded software. The archive has thus been inaccessible for quite some time, leaving no access to old topics and posts. :(
After struggling for a while to get a flat version of the board going, we decided to convert from IPB to phpBB. This was not an option for the original move since we knew it'd be a difficult and time-consuming endeavor that wasn't guaranteed to succeed (particularly because we were using a very heavily modified version of IPB, which was likely to confuse converter software). Since we knew we could save/archive the IPB board either way, our foremost priority in 2012 was to get a functional board going as soon as possible -- not converting the old IPB to phpBB.
With our current board alive and well though, we were able to revisit that option with the archive board. And we're thrilled to announce that we (really, it was all Sie; please praise and thank Sie) succeeded! We were able to save user accounts and private messages. This would not have been possible on a flat archival board, so hooray! We have all our delicious, delectable, dazzling drama back -- and we can all have a nice collective fainting spell together at our old writing!
Those of you who were around for the move from IPB to phpBB may remember a lot of IC posting table codes being breaking the new phpBB board. Welp -- here we go again! There's a ton of broken code -- yes, it looks really bad, but the posts are perfectly salvageable. See the IPB Archive Broken Code topic for how to deal with that.
Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:24 pm