SOLUTION: Windows 95/98 Forum pages from 48-1200 are missing

Intel / Sai2
July 5, 2014 at 14:33:12
Specs: Windows 95, -
I noticed while browsing the forums that the last 1200 pages of the Windows 95/98 forum that used to be available have gone missing.

There is at least 15 years worth of useful problems and solutions dating back to 1999. Whether deliberate or accidental it's a shame it's not here anymore.

If you would still like to access these old pages, you can click here via the WayBack Machine. You must use the navigation page numbers within the archived page to go from page to page. This starts at page 1200 so you would simply navigate backwards towards newer posts:

http://web.archive.org/web/20120514035900/http://www.computing.net/forum/windows95/1200.html

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#1
July 5, 2014 at 15:04:45
Thx for info. Yes, I think Justin dumped a stack of old posts some months ago.

EDIT:
I must be getting really dozy - couldn't get any of the listed posts to open and got nowhere if I navigated using the numbers at the bottom of the page. What am I doing wrong?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
July 5, 2014 at 16:47:16
Yep, happened quit a while ago. Discussed here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/th...

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#3
July 5, 2014 at 18:48:41
(See my reply #5 below)

The reason the link I provided didn't work for you is that pre 2005, the title of the page began with http://www.computing.net/windows95/wwwboard/ whereas now it begins with http://www.computing.net/forum/windows95.

The earliest working page I found is http://web.archive.org/web/19970205080334/http://computing.net/windows95/wwwboard/wwwboard.html

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#4
July 5, 2014 at 21:32:02
Yeah, I kinda bitched about the old posts removal here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/th...

The reason Justin gave was all the old postings would overwhelm search results. To whatever extent that might be true, I think the removal was counterproductive.

Most people end up at computing.net from a google search. Even if an old posting led them here, they do get here and can ask a new question. It used to be when googling some poster's problem I'd find several computing.net links on the first results page. It's not that way now so people don't get here as often.

Back in the early 2000's we could fill out a whole page with new threads in just the 95/98 forum. That's like 125 new threads per day. Now, if you were to add all the OS forums together you get maybe 15 or 20 new ones per day. I think that's solely because people don't know we're here.


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#5
July 5, 2014 at 21:39:08
The reason the link I provided didn't work for you is that pre 2005, the title of the page began with http://www.computing.net/windows95/wwwboard/ whereas now it begins with http://www.computing.net/forum/windows95.

The earliest working page I found is http://web.archive.org/web/19970205080334/http://computing.net/windows95/wwwboard/wwwboard.html

It appears that sometime in 1998 or 1999 that the physical layout of the site changed, along with the availability of newer threads and posts.

I wouldn't be so quick to toss old material. Many a shop exist with a $30,000-$100,000 CNC machine etc running Windows 3.1x or Windows 95/98.

Now when someone visits we have to spend the time answering a question that was likely already answered and could have been found in a simple Google search.

People on this site have spent countless hours helping people with their issues only to have it deleted at the click of a button. As such I am wasting time posting this as some day this post will too be gone.

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#6
July 6, 2014 at 10:30:35
sdfox 7

Thank you for the clarification - it all makes sense now.
I share your belief but maybe Justin has to put a limit on the size of the database - dunno.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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