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    Jan 2002
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Old to New forum Cross Reference

    To help people fix broken links pointing to threads on the old forum, I've put together a thread cross reference located at It maps the old forum's topic IDs to the new thread ids. The page is nearly 2MB in size & has over 17,000 lines, so if you can, save it locally after loading it the first time.

    Basic Instructions
    1. Visit the Cross Reference page. Wait for it to load completely (it's BIG). Save it locally if possible.
    2. Do a browser search for the old topic ID from your old URL. The ID is the number just before the ".html".
    3. In the column to the right of the old ID you found is the New ID. Copy the link from the New_Thread_ID column.
    4. Replace the old URl in your link with the new one.
    5. Save document and test the new link to be sure it works.

    For instance, say you have a link to a thread from the old forum about Packard Shutters:

    The old topic ID is shown in red. So, you copy that ID and search for it in the cross reference using your browser's Find or Search function. Once you find that old number in the cross reference, you'll see the new thread ID in the next column to the right--the new number is linked to the new thread on this site. You can copy the new link and use the new URL to correct your broken link. So in the example above that old link becomes

    If you're typing URLs manually, but sure to change the '/lfforum/' part to '/forum/' along with other changes.

    Hope this helps.

    PS: Articles on the Home Page didn't change so those URLs are still the same as the old ones.
    Last edited by Tom Westbrook; 25-May-2006 at 12:16.

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