The Great Disaster 10-22-17 Please Read.

We are sorry to have to share very bad news. Last night, the data center where the forum is housed had a catastrophic combination of equipment failures that resulted in the loss of both the active/current and backup local copies of the forum database. The active and backup copies were on separate drives and both were destroyed. There was a functional, full off-site backup of the forum, but — for reasons about which we’re not yet completely clear — the most recent remote backup is from early in the morning on May 23 of this year.

To be completely clear, this was not a hacking situation and no user data was compromised in any way, it was purely hardware-related and we are not the only site/entity that was affected.

To say that we are infuriated at this situation would be a massive understatement, but it is what it is. The company we have worked with for hosting the forum for years has failed us and, therefore, you. This is a “perfect storm” type of situation that is not supposed to be possible. At least we do have a working backup, it's just not what it should be.

Sadly, this means that all new threads/posts from May 23rd forward no longer exist, users registered since then will have to re-register, user information (passwords, emails, avatars, signatures, etc) and any paid membership upgrades/renewals are all reset back to the whatever they were in the May backup. Basically, as far as the forum is concerned, it’s as if today is May 23.

I have felt physically ill since I found out about this and typing this is beyond painful. There are no words to express how sorry we are about this situation. Obviously, there will be changes to the way we run, store and verify our backups moving forward and we’re still digging into what happened to fully understand whatever changes need to be made.

It may not mean anything, but we have needed and used our backups in the past for various reasons and have never had a problem with implementing them. It was so seamless that most users would never have known or noticed. Worth noting, we do still have all of the photos that were downloaded to our own server from Photobucket prior to them shutting down the free hosting that wiped photos off of so many internet forums.

The odds against something like this happening are absolutely astronomical.

I will work back through the membership upgrades/renewals but it will likely take some time, so be patient with me. Remember that you will need to use the password on your account from May 23. If you need to get a password reminder/reset, use the password reset function on the login page below the username/password fields.
Dangit and I just started like my 20th build thread. Those commie bastards just hate Ford Explorers. No worries skerb. It was out of your hands


I was posting all of my ideas, parts, etc here for the ls swap because I figured if I wrote it on a sheet of paper it would get thrown away or my kids would eat it or something... ****.

Tripp mentioned possibly being able to get back to a cached version of pages, but I haven't tried it yet.
I thought something went wrong. I went to update my build thread Saturday night and it wouldn’t load and then went to the web version and it loaded but on page 3 of 6. Oh well, I’ll get my thread caught back up eventually

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Helpful hint:

If you remember the title of a lost thread, or want to catch up a thread that parts were lost, search Bing/Google for your exact thread name. I had better results with Bing. The search result will have a little green arrow. Click the arrow, dropbox will say Cached. This should bring up the latest cached version of the thread. You can add individual page numbers, for example (LM4 5.3L and 4L60E swap into 2004 LJ - Page 3). I was able to recover the text from both my build thread and engine swap thread. I'll have to go back and add the pictures back in.