Originally Posted by stoffe
Due to a database crash of the more serious kind, all threads started and posts made since last Sunday have been lost beyond recovery. Apologies if anyone has lost anything important, but there was nothing that could be done to salvage them. I had to restore a backup to get any posts back at all.
If you have subscribed to any threads you may also need to re-add those subscriptions. If you notice anything else working strangely, please let us know.
Since the database has been acting weirdly more than usual during the weekly backup process with odd crashes and table corruption, we're looking at possible solutions to make it more reliable.
Have you considered making an archival system of sorts? There are quite a few old posts and threads that don't really need to be bloating the main forum database, but could be put into a separate database accessed by a another instance of vBulletin on a sub-domain like archive.lucasforums.com or some such thing and linked to on the front page. It would also make database backups and repairs go a bit quicker, which would increase reliability and perhaps even reduce the load on the server, unless there's a sudden rush to look at LF posts from a decade ago.