Welcome to the new BlahBlahCafe!

A new server, a new environment. Updated and all.

As with every migration, some things might have been lost in translation (at least, that's my experience in software development). The main problem is logging in into the boards. These could be caused by several reasons:

- Your browser cache & cookies need to be cleared because we moved to a new server. If you get the error message whilst logging: "The submitted form was invalid. Try submitting again.", you need to clear your cache & cookies. You can find a "Delete cookies" option at the bottom of this page.

- There is also a chance that your password is not correctly converted to the new system. This is a known bug with migrating the system. The only solution is to request a new password, there's a link on the form that will send an email to you to create a new password. If that fails, I can set a password for you, you can contact us at the "Contact us" link at the bottom of the page.

The current state of the forum


Post Posted Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:37 am
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I've added some missing posts and topics which I could retrieve with mysql matching and parsing some cached search result pages. It's not much, but I'm not expecting a lot of lost posts anymore. There's now 99,000+ posts restored, which is more than I hoped for.

I've also worked on cleaning up some UTF-8 problems, which are gone now for the topic-titles and post-subjects. The forum texts themselves still have some strange character encodings, but I expect to remove them the coming week.

I took a look at Adam's adjusted modern theme, it looks good. The classic theme too, by the way.
Post Posted Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:17 pm
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The classic theme is finished & I am very pleased with it, for those who liked the look of the old forum it is about 95% the same.
Post Posted Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:57 pm
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I've added the Classic style and the updated Modern style. You can easily switch styles with the Board Style dropdown at the bottom of the page ⤵️
Post Posted Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:56 am
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I've added some more missing posts and topics. I couldn't see why they weren't added in earlier imports. Turns out there was something wrong with my assumption when a topic was moved. I've now ignored the topic-moved-ID (because I can't re-trace the original topic-ID) and that means that the moved topic is now cemented in the right forum. We're now at 49% of the forum restored!

I have been busy with restoring the forum several search engine caches, but I think I've come to the end of these resources. I have done a small test with quoted messages already, but that resulted in a handful of matches. I will now ponder on what I can do now to get more posts restored.

And I am using the Classic style now. Amazing how fast you can get nostalgic for a certain look.
Post Posted Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:07 am
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Seeing some of the old stuff reappear is great. Again, if there's anything I can do in some way, more than happy to do so! :D
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Post Posted Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:47 pm
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Thank you so much for this immense work guys. The forum looks ultra cool. Love all the themes. This will take us well into this century.

Btw, I have seen some errors where I remember the topics were started by certain users, but now it's another user's name that is in that place.

Also my last post, it appears that something has happened, whereby the person I was answering to now appears to have made the post I made to him.
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Post Posted Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:29 am
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That is certainly possible. If you find such errors, let me know and I'll fix it.
Post Posted Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:47 pm
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I just added 4114 posts and 66 missing topics. This brings the total of restored posts to 51.3%. I now have restored over half of the posts, something I couldn't even imagine at the beginning of this adventure.

Which brings me to one of the things that is missing for me: the creators of certain posts. In order to get a post on this forum, there needs to be an author. Of certain posts, I don't know who created it, so I've assigned those to a user called "Organa".
You can view all those posts here:
search.php?author_id=5546&sr=posts
If anyone recognizes their post, let me know and then I'll assign it to the correct user.

More of these posts will follow, I'm sure.
Post Posted Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:20 pm
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I guess "Organa" is a fun name, but it might be confusing to people who are not aware what happened (esp. when they recognize their post as written by "Organa"). Perhaps it would be best to name that user "(unknown)" or sth like that.
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Or you could add a signature to "Organa" with an explanation that is a post with an unknown author & something along the lines of if this is your post please send me a PM..
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Post Posted Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:22 pm
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Good call!
Post Posted Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:02 pm
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Adam wrote: Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:20 pm Or you could add a signature to "Organa" with an explanation that is a post with an unknown author & something along the lines of if this is your post please send me a PM..
Good idea, although I'd still rename the user to "(unknown)" - it's more likely to set a "warning flag", people tend to ignore signatures (I know I do!)
Post Posted Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:14 pm
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I renamed him to (Unknown), but I am keeping Bail Organa's profile picture!







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