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Please, I need your help! - knobblywobbly

Hi folks,

Well as you can see I've finally updated the forum software. Actually, for various reasons, I've had to change the forum to completely different software. This in itself has been a big task, and it hasn't gone smoothly at all.

All the users, threads, posts, attachments, etc. have now been transferred to this new software. But as you'll notice as you go through the threads, there are a few issues with leftover html/xml code.

Some I have been able to remove with database queries, but others are left. The worst are attachments and links to other sites. I'm in the process of updating recent threads, but as we have over 20,000 posts I don't expect to ever get to them all.

I wanted to ask members if they would edit their own posts when they come across any that have issues with links or attachments. This would greatly speed up the cleanup process.

Here's a couple of examples of what to remove:


<URL url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2C1wGOOTzw">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2C1wGOOTzw</URL>

All that is really needed now is the first part beginning with "https://" which is between the first 2 sets of quotation marks.

<URL url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2C1wGOOTzw">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2C1wGOOTzw</URL>

All the rest can be deleted, to leave:


Alternatively you could delete the whole lot and add a fresh link to the required content.


( C )<ATTACHMENT filename="DSC05422.JPG" index="0"><s> [Image: attachment.php?thumbnail=2955]    </ATTACHMENT>

If it looks like the above with the picture showing, then remove all the text to just leave the thumbnail.

 [Image: attachment.php?thumbnail=2955]


Just remove extraneous characters around quotes


Not sure what has happened with these but you can delete all the text associated with them (I don't consider this to be hugely important).

Like I said earlier, we won't get through all 20,000+ posts but if between us we can clean up posts as they appear then at least all the current stuff will get done quickly.

Thanks in advance.