A bit of good news: thanks to TheLostVertex, we may well be able to retrieve everything up to August/September 2012 – including all of the posts and the member accounts*. Belgarath and Wastrel are slaving away to make this happen. It may also be possible to get all of the posts in public sections of the forum back up until mid-February of this year.
In light of this, we’ve chosen not to open up the new, fresh, hideously themed forum just yet. Please bear with us a little longer.
Thank you for your patience.
*So… we’ll basically all be… two years… younger, right? Our gift to you!
There is no easy way to put this, so I'll tear off the bandage quickly: all of the forum data is gone. In one cataclysmic swoop, over 9 years of SGU-F history has disappeared. This includes all of the member data (your accounts), all of the posts... everything.
The fault is entirely ours. We attempted a move to a new server, cloud-based, without double-checking that all of our data had been backed up. When the hosting company closed the old account, they deleted all of the data, after which we discovered that when we'd migrated to the new server, our data hadn't.
It may be possible to retrieve the posts that were archived on the net, but this will only include those threads that were posted in public sections of the forums.
Nothing I can say or write can disguise the fact that this is a devastating blow to all of you who have spent countless hours discussing and debating countless different topics on SGU-F. To all of you who wore your post counts as badges of honour, the outward signs of your connection with a forum that has grown to be a tight-knit online community over the years.
We're sorry. We've let you down and we're incredibly sorry.
What remains is our faith in this community. It's terrible that starting pretty much from scratch has been forced upon us like this, but we believe that we, all of us, can rebuild SGU-F. We have the technology. And we're obviously going to be exceedingly bloody careful not to mess up the technology again.
And so we ask you, the members of SGU-F, to get stuck back in. You'll have to register again, create new accounts. We know that this is a pain, but we're opening up registration without mod approval for a limited time to make the process as quick and painless as possible.
In the days to follow, we'll do our best to put everything that can still be retrieved back where it was. We'll keep you updated on our progress. A more detailed explanation of what has happened will also be made available to you. The accounts and posts we lost were yours, so we owe you that much.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them. We can be reached through the Forum Administration and Rules section, through personal messages and through e-mail.
With penitent regards,The SGU-F mod team