I just committed a grievous mistake. I was pruning threads from the Character Review area and upon deleting the thread for Sarkh (Thespius' main character) the board also deleted the version in this
game's Character Database!
It seems that this board has cross-linked some of the threads in the generic Character Review forum with those in this game's Character Database. The instant that I noticed this I stopped myself before deleting the next thread, which would have been Titus Blackmoor. Unfortunately, the thread for Sarkh is gone, and the Wayback Machine does not have this site archived, so I am unable to retrieve a copy of what's been lost. I sure hope that Thespius has a good copy of his character.
As it currently stands, I am unable to unlink the threads in the Character Review area from those in the Character Database. I haven't checked to see if the same problem exists for those threads from other games, but I suspect that it does. I also suspect that the problem exists because this board may not execute a proper thread 'move'. When I deleted the Review thread for Sienn'Secura it worked as expected, but that's likely because when I put Sienn'Secura in the Database I used a 'copy topic' command and not a 'move topic'. When this board does a 'move', what it actually does is relabel the URL to the new location. That's fine, and is how it's supposed to work. What isn't right is that the original location's URL is changed to point to the new location
, when the proper action is to remove the original URL
thereby removing the topic completely from the old location. This has the effect of having the same
topic in two places but with only one copy actually in existence.
I don't know why this
freeforums board is handling topic moves this way, as the freeforums boards that I had previously created for my own games worked correctly by changing the link URL and removing the link from the old location. I have done moves on many occasions in the past on my freeforums boards (which no longer exist) and thus I was utterly unprepared for what this board has done.
All I can say is "I'm sorry" to Thespius, for the hassle that I will no doubt cause him, and give fair warning to Teknon to use 'copy topic' (and then delete the old topic) and to never use 'move topic' again.