Fate of the old forums


@Freso, I have noticed you have just turned the old forums to read only mode.
And you have said over there that it will soon be archived.

I was wondering what was meant:

  • Will it be moved to cheaper server while keeping topics online with the same permalinks?
  • Will it be removed and loaded 100% into archive.org? And we will have to use their links.
  • Something else.


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Yes. :wink:

We definitely don’t want to break links pointing to the old forums, but whether the long-long term means hosting a static HTML copy of them ourselves, keeping all links intact exactly as-is, or having Internet Archive and/or Archive Team archive and host them and we “simply” supply HTTP redirects to the new locations, I don’t know. Either way, links should continue to work for the foreseeable future.


Greetings busy person!
For the past 2 weeks I have been getting “naughty server” bad gateway notifications when trying to get to the old forums ie. http://forums.musicbrainz.org/viewtopic.php?pid=31051#p31051. This was the link to the cool repository for scripts. Is this now gone forever? I was hoping to try some of those “Ultimate” scripts by Celes and others.

Thanks, Llama lover


The server hosting the forums broke down a month ago or so, and as of now noone has had the time to put the forums back online.


Thanks for the update. So much to do, so little time! You all ROCK!


Hi @Llama_lover, try to use topic ID instead of post ID, then put web.archive.org/web/ before your URL to see an archived version, here:


You can always start browsing from the root if you do not know the topic ID (it is how I found this one):



Thank you kind Sir!

This is exactly what I needed!

Fred (Llama lover)


Sometimes, some post ID (pid=) I have, I really cannot find the pages in the Web Archive.
When I can it is still a difficult task.

Web Archive might contain your topic with its topic ID (id=) but it might never contain it with its post ID (pid=) which we already keep as they were provided when we asked for a post permalink.

I also rely on Google search to find topic ID (id=) but as the forum is being down for long time, Google will eventually de‐index those pages.
So I have created an MBH-455 ticket to remind turning the forums back on when possible.

BTW I have just noticed that I wrote a wrong link in my original post, it should have been forums, not forum.

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I often need to link to my 2:30 post data track bug post but its Frequent DiscID bugs topic is unfortunately part of the ones that are not archived. :sob:
Please repair the forums, one day. :slight_smile:

CD TOC Disc ID and/or Free DB computation bug: Last audio track before data track is 2:30 too long

So what happened to our old topics/threads? :frowning:

I had a personalized VM configuration guide, mostly for my own use posted on the forums. So now they’re poofed? If so, the migration is horrible and an unwise choice. Any experienced and wise administrator knows that it’s not worth migration to a new platform unless it supports a carry-over of old information!

Newer =/= Better


The server they were on died, and since we’re busy moving to servers that are less likely to die on us, we haven’t gotten them back up again so they can get archived proper. Sorry.



Is there any chance to get the old posts back, or planning on migrating the information? I was working on a VM setup guide and all the information seems to be nuked.


It may happen, but it isn’t of particularly high priority.

In your case, however, the VM has changed to much that information from the old forums would mostly serve to confuse you.

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