I know this is very unlikely to happen again but can I suggest that someone up there backs up the wealth of info and wisdom that has been built up on this site over the last few years?
It would be such a shame to lose it all...
After losing all the valuable info in the original web-site (there were detailed instructions on how to prepare your own bio-diesel from chip-fat, for example), I decided to keep backups of these web-pages, which I do every year or so - the last was Nov2010.
Of course, the backup I do (using Wget) just captures the contents of each and every page on the web-site; the text is searchable with a string-search through all the files downloaded, but it wouldn't be possible to recreate the web-site.
The "Way Back Machine" (http://www.archive.org/web/web.php) keeps snapshots of the web-site on a regular basis so it should be possible to view old postings in the correct display format. Now for the incredibly frustrating bit: the original web-site (www.toyotagranvia.co.uk) was archived and it shows the list of threads, but doesn't display the actual postings for me! Checkout the 2008 snapshot here:
and see how far you can get.......
I've heard before that it's not possible to retrieve the old postings. Is that because they no longer exist or because they are "locked away"?
I think we have to assume that all the data in the old web-site is lost. The "toyotagranvia.co.uk" domain is no longer registered and it's unlikely that whoever hosted the web-site will have retained the data this long. If I recall correctly, when Ben set-up this 'replacement' web-site, he enquired about getting access to the old data but was refused.
One of my sons (who knows about these things) tells me it would be best to back-up the database if you have access to it, then the site could be reinstated at any time.
The forum is based on phpBB, a popular package. Yes, there's an option for "Backup" which I've selected and downloaded the 7MB of data. It's in the form of a simple data-base dump with all the SQL commands to recreate the data-base and re-populate all the tables with the data, but obviously only into another copy of phpBB. So, in theory, the forum could be resurrected elsewhere in the unlikely event of some catastophic event (but only up to the date of the latest backup, of course).
I've checked the oldest posts and found the discussion on the attempts to find the data in the old web-site:
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