Access to Legacy PixInsight Forum Links

Juan Conejero

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A side effect of the migration to a new forum software platform is the invalidation of all existing links to forum threads and posts generated before March 5, 2020. This has been inevitable because both platforms, SMF and XenForo, use completely different link generation methods and schemas. An automatic translation of existing links has not been possible during the database migration process.

This means that any URL such as:

https://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=14765.0
https://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=14731.msg87909#msg87909

no longer works and redirects to this forum's front page.

Fortunately, there is a rather simple solution to this problem. The old SMF-based PixInsight Forum and its database are now available on our corporate website in read-only mode for unlimited time:

https://pixinsight.com/forum.old/

If you change /forum/ by /forum.old/, any existing URL for an old forum post or thread will work without problems. For example, the two links above should now be:

https://pixinsight.com/forum.old/index.php?topic=14765.0
https://pixinsight.com/forum.old/index.php?topic=14731.msg87909#msg87909

Using SQL, it should be possible to apply this change to all forum links included in the database before March 5 2020. I'll try to do this as soon as possible, time permitting. Existing links to a selected set of important forum threads will also be identified manually and replaced to improve the functionality of this new forum.