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    Default Looking for complete archive of this forum from 2001-2006, ideally a searchable one

    I'm trying to find a complete archive of searchable posts that were made on the Total War forum from 2001-2006.


    It seems clear to me that a lot of posts got lost over the years as the forum evolved.


    So for example here's the archived thread from the Total War forum in 2001:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20020302...ML/001624.html

    We see that the user Tachikaze had over 900 posts way back in 2001.

    But if we look at Tachikaze's forum posts today, he has only 4 pages of posts. It's less than 900. There's no way all of his posts from 2001-2006 got saved:

    https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/searc...archid=1155211


    Does anyone have any copies of the forums from 2001-2006 that can be searched for posts? Thanks.

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    Arrogant Ashigaru Moderator Ludens's Avatar
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    Lightbulb Re: Looking for complete archive of this forum from 2001-2006, ideally a searchable o

    Unfortunately, the search interface is limited to max. 100 results per query, and it will only search the most recent posts. You can play with this by going to Advanced Search, then "Single Content Type" and doing forum-specific searches (possibly in combination with keywords). But this will only take you so far when dealing with the older parts of our board.

    Unless our Admins have a solution, you may be better of using Google Advanced Search.

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    Default Re: Looking for complete archive of this forum from 2001-2006, ideally a searchable o

    In the early days we had a firm limit on the database size we were allowed, which I think was relatively small, few thousands at most. So a lot of posts were trimmed back then, why there's so few from left from those days, only about 3-4 thousand from 1999/2000.

    There were also various prunings, I think mostly of the Tavern and other non-TW forums, over the years including in summer 2004 when we made the move to vBulletin 3 (80k post were removed). I think the admins back then made great efforts to keep TW content, particularly around modding.
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    Default Re: Looking for complete archive of this forum from 2001-2006, ideally a searchable o

    I wonder if there's any interest or scope for preserving the existing database toward the long-term.
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    Default Re: Looking for complete archive of this forum from 2001-2006, ideally a searchable o

    Quote Originally Posted by Montmorency View Post
    I wonder if there's any interest or scope for preserving the existing database toward the long-term.
    Yes, we will be looking at options to preserve both the Org in it's current state and also as a database for long-term. We are not going anywhere, this will be here for a long time.
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