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#1 momchiroto2

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 11:09 AM

I have been reading some older posts and within them there are links that are broken for even older posts.  Primarily the issue seems to be for posts prior to 2011. Is there a way that I can access these posts prior to 2011, it seems like there is a lot of wisdom out there from those years and I would love to be able to have access to it. Thank you!

 



#2 OtherJohn

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 11:27 AM

I think they get archived, but I have to figure out how to access the archive.



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 11:35 AM

When you click on the link that doesn't work, you can see the thread number in the link.  Copy that number and search on it.  That should bring you to the thread.


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#4 OtherJohn

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 11:52 AM

Can you give me a link to test.



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 12:11 PM

http://www.welltrain...ad.php?t=220553

http://www.welltrain...ad.php?t=173293

http://www.welltrain...ad.php?t=228130

http://www.welltrain...ad.php?t=228523

 

Thank you!

 



#6 momchiroto2

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 12:12 PM

When you click on the link that doesn't work, you can see the thread number in the link.  Copy that number and search on it.  That should bring you to the thread.

 

 

Thank you for this!!



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 12:12 AM

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:

 

http://www.welltrain...ad.php?t=29605

 

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:

 

http://www.welltrain...d.php?t=273927

 

is still available at

 

http://forums.welltr...ay-for-italics/

 

(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:

 

http://forums.welltr...-of-robin-hood/

 

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.



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 10:33 PM

You could try the wayback machine