Missing topic threads?
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I'm hoping someone might have some advise here. I'm an administrator for the Monthly Author Reads group and a member pointed out that several of our topic threads have gone missing. There are still URLs that exist for them, but the pages never load to anything. (We had a similar issue with another thread before, but I ended up just re-creating that one.) Does anyone know what's going on? Is there a way to revive these?
For reference, here are the URLs that go nowhere:
It's a bit strange, considering those topics were created one after another. I got curious, and http://www.librarything.com/topic/267158 also has no end point. Pity you picked today to report it, since I suspect that anyone who might normally pay attention is off tangled up with last minute xmas stuff.
Fiddler shows that the request is returning an OK response (200) but there is nothing in it.
It just continues to get more interesting.
The topic thread that ends in 110 has a home, but very soon after, things begin to break.
I note that there seems to have been at least one spam run in the group that comes after, but I didn't make a huge effort to pursue it. (Spam run assumed by the number of sequential topics that were deleted.)
I really hope, when staff finally gets around to this, that there's a post mortem on what happened, and other details. It makes me long for root access...and you're all lucky that I don't have it. :-} I'm not as cautious or careful as I used to be.
>2 Lyndatrue: It is unusual. Hopefully folks will still check in after the holiday rush. Had we noticed it earlier, would have reported earlier.
This is likely going to take more time (and more developers) than I currently have at the moment, but on initial investigating, here's what I see:
The four topics cited in >1 sweetiegherkin: and >2 Lyndatrue: are all missing from our forum_topics table in the DB. That's the first place I check for Talk topics (threads).
>1 sweetiegherkin: Do you have any idea what the titles of those topics, or subjects discussed were? That might help me if they've somehow become dissociated from those topic IDs. How did you find these URLs in the first place? Were they linked to somewhere?
My best guess at the moment is an error in server synchronization/replication. Will likely require sysadmin intervention.
>6 lorannen: Yes, they were part of the Monthly Author Reads group: https://www.librarything.com/groups/monthlyauthorreads
They are linked to here on the group's wiki:
It is the discussion threads for these three authors:
Gail Tsukiyama August
Jhumpa Lahiri September
Wilkie Collins October
There may be other non-working threads as well but I didn't check.
I have this issue with new threads I created in the last couple days. I set up the American Authors Challenge for 2019 in the 75 Book Challenge Group. Links that worked when I posted them initially (I checked each of them at the time) failed later the same day, and don't work now.
The titles of the new threads I set up in that group are:
American Authors Challenge 2019 General Discussion Thread http://www.librarything.com/topic/300980 This link "works", but gives a skeletal view of the thread messages.
Chaim Potok--American Author Challenge January 2019 http://www.librarything.com/topic/300981
Links IN those threads to each other, and to the planning thread for the challenge http://www.librarything.com/topic/”http://www.librarything.com/topic/297103 seem to take one to a blank New Topic. Touchstones within those threads do work.
Photos I uploaded to my member gallery or junk drawer and posted in those threads are not appearing in the threads this morning either. They do show up when I go to my photo gallery.
>8 laytonwoman3rd: The problem here seems to be http vs https. And the third one as you gave it was very strange.
https://www.librarything.com/topic/267160 The link from >1 sweetiegherkin: still does not work.
>8 laytonwoman3rd: If I add "https" to the URL of those threads, and then click the links in the thread, they work fine.
Make sure that the links to photos you are using have "https" in the URL as well, that might fix the problem.
>11 sweetiegherkin: No, your problem started earlier and was different. This just got added to the wrong bug. However it was important to get that sorted out.
I did point out that yours was a different problem and didn't have that easy a fix.
Here are the OP's original topic threads, which still don't work even with https:
It's not that they're not loading (which was the result of the http problem) but they load and say "Problem This topic does not exist."
So, good news/bad news. The good news is, we figured out why these threads are turning up like that. The bad news is the why: they were posted during the data gap we discovered back in April, detailed here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/289941.
I'm not sure if they're recoverable at this point, but I've raised the issue with our developers.
Further update: it looks like we can recover most of the threads that are currently missing. They'd be without titles (we could put in placeholder titles, "Untitled 1, 2" or "Recovered 1, 2", something like that), and missing a couple of messages at the very start of the threads—at least the initial message. Is that something this group would want, do you think?
I’m also missing a thread. I started a new topic, not realising this already addressed the issue, so am reposting here so it’s together with the others.
I am trying to find my second thread in the '75 Books Challenge for 2017' and some messages I posted there. However, there is no continuation link showing from the first thread which ends in August 2017. The thread book that drneutron maintains for the 75 group each year also shows that I had a second thread but if I follow the link from there, it says that the topic does not exist.
Is it possible to find my lost thread? I know the group has been dormant for a while.
Ah; found a link that I pasted in my 2018 thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/267168
but it still says Problem: topic does not exist
>16 lorannen: Any update on recovery status? I know you mentioned it might take a while. Thanks in advance for your help.
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