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Looks like whoever took the screencaps no longer links to the Way Back Machine. I don't know of anyone who still has copies of the original forums. At least legally. 

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11 hours ago, TheZag said:

You might give this a look 

 

 

The first phase of that project is complete. I have all of the files. But nobody seemed terribly interested in helping me with Phase 2 - linking the files together to make it a fully linked site. So I gave up.

 

You can have a copy of the files if you want to mail me a thumb drive.

 

Ironically, the total file SIZE of all the files is hardly anything, but my machine at least has some issues with the sheer NUMBER of tiny HTML files.

 

It breaks Windows Explorer, heh.

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3 hours ago, The Philotic Knight said:

The first phase of that project is complete. I have all of the files. But nobody seemed terribly interested in helping me with Phase 2 - linking the files together to make it a fully linked site. So I gave up.

 

You can have a copy of the files if you want to mail me a thumb drive.

 

Ironically, the total file SIZE of all the files is hardly anything, but my machine at least has some issues with the sheer NUMBER of tiny HTML files.

 

It breaks Windows Explorer, heh.

 

I thought the issue was coming up with the process and server related issues?

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oh,  i didnt realize the project had been discontinued.  I only discovered it after that initial work was nearly completed and read the first post and then the last bit about the problem files.

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On 7/17/2022 at 1:51 PM, WanderingAries said:

I thought the issue was coming up with the process and server related issues?

No, I could setup the process to parse the files and create an index, and then start to link the pages, but after I released Phase 1, it landed with a resounding "thud", so... I'm not going to work on it anymore unless a group of people comes to me and asks for it, willing to help along the way. It's a waste of my time to work on a project that nobody but me seems to care enough about to put any effort towards.

 

I still have the actual files, if anyone wants a copy.

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19 hours ago, TheZag said:

oh,  i didnt realize the project had been discontinued.  I only discovered it after that initial work was nearly completed and read the first post and then the last bit about the problem files.

The project is on indefinite hiatus due to the reason stated above. The "problem files" have been fixed. All of the files are fine now, they just need to be linked up to be searchable. Where there's a will, there's a way.

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8 hours ago, The Philotic Knight said:

The project is on indefinite hiatus due to the reason stated above. The "problem files" have been fixed. All of the files are fine now, they just need to be linked up to be searchable. Where there's a will, there's a way.

 

Sadly, I'm still relegated to a laptop and currently hotel wi-fi which skips more than a 6yo in a park jumping rope.

 

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FYI, for anyone that wants to get their own copy of the HTML files from Phase 1, here's a torrent for them. I'll try to keep it going as long as I can.

Project_Spelunker_Phase_1_09_08_2021.7z.torrent

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Here's an update... Talked to the guys over at the WayBackMachine and apparently what I read misled me to believe they had a search engine up and running. Turns out it's only for a very few archives, and those do not include the old COH forums. So there's no way to search the WayBackMachine.  At least we can still browse the old forums.

 

This stokes an even greater admiration for many of my fellow COH players. I've asked questions, and people have answered with links to the original COH forums. They actually had to go browsing for the link. That's a lot of effort, and a lot of kindness. I know I've said it before, but thanks guys.

 

Looks like the only way to search the old COH forums is to take @The Philotic Knight up on his generous offer and grab a copy of the old COH forums from him. Be warned, that tiny 90 GB compressed file turns into 800 GBs of data!  Make sure you have enough room on your hard drive.  And thanks gain, TPK, I appreciate all the hard work you and your team did to grab these files. 

 

Using your own file search app along with the old COH forum files is a great research tool. You might not be able to browse the files, click from web page to web page, but you can still find the pages you need and even follow a thread if you need to.  Pretty cool. 🙂  

 

P.S. Here's a link to the old COH forums at the WayBackMachine that I use... there are other links for other dates, FYI. https://web.archive.org/web/20121108232155/http://boards.cityofheroes.com/

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