I was wondering whether there were any crosswalk procedure that works for this. I tried the above hint (searching for the number) and still got nothing.
For example, here's one I was looking for:
It just bounces me back to the forums homepage. I haven't come across any link of the "showthread" variety that I can get to by using the number in a search.
However, I did discover that:
is still available at
(Although searching "273927" gives zero results.)
I learned that if you know the exact title of the thread (some wise posters made that the link text), it is possible to do it:
http://www.welltrain...ead.php?t=7880 (link text "Best Version of Robin Hood?") is now available at:
But what if all you have is a "showthread" link (with link text of something like "earlier thread")?
Aha! It seems all you need to know is to put the little dash after the number!
So http://forums.welltr...com/topic/29605 gets you an error, but http://forums.welltr...om/topic/29605- will magically redirect you to the desired thread at http://forums.welltr...aloud-versions/
So the crosswalk I figured out was to rebuild the link starting with the new format: http://forums.welltr...mind.com/topic/ then insert the number and add a single dash.
It was getting really frustrating as these missing threads are referred to in later ones, so they must have good stuff in them. Seems like it is all 2008-2012 content. And while Google works for searching for more recent threads, it isn't helpful for this. Neither is the Wayback Machine.
Anyway, hope this helps someone. I couldn't find anything about it codified here on the site.