My apologies for starting a new thread on this, but for all the world (and searching), I could not locate the existing thread:
At one point there was a discussion about attempting to recover the images from the old-forum structure and have them (in some way) available in this new forum.
Having just gone through a similar operation, I know that trying to "map" or "port" the photos can be a complete nightmare, and now that members have created new Photo Galleries, the task is all that much more complex.
I was just wondering if any effort or thought had been put into creating some sort of access to the old photo galleries?
As an aside, the approach I used on my similar project here was to spider the site for "IMG" links to my URL that returned 404 errors to create a list of posts sorted by post-author. This would provide a list of contributions where images hosted by the old platform had broken. Each author with "broken" images was provided a list of their affected posts, as well as access to a directory of the old images. I used the dispersed labor of all these authors to copy their old gallery images into the new gallery space, and also to update their old posts with links to the new gallery image URLs. I was working with just under 2700 broken hosted-image links across fewer than 500 authors, but the task was completed in about 6-weeks of "casual-time" by the helpful authors. As an added bonus, a minor modification to the original search allows me to run monthly reports of broken image links that are NOT from my domain, and dispatch the break information to the individual authors - I'm told that this is helping to keep the image content more viable. Something like this could be done on a forum-by-forum basis (ie: the Technical forum first, and the "For Sale" forum not at all ?)