mergeSMF.php - Script to merge two SMF forums, v2.0.17

Started by shawnb61, October 06, 2020, 02:05:26 AM

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shawnb61

Depends on the function.  Since all messages have dates, any functions based on dates, e.g., searching, works just fine.  Old messages look old & new messages look new.

But the 'unread posts' function will be funky unless you take some special measures.

To address, I used a bonehead utility that marked the older boards as read for newer users.  From the initial post above:
Quote- smf_mark_all_read_merge.php - I used this to mark all secondary boards read by active primary board users. In my instance, the secondary forum was a predecessor to the current forum, and the content was dated.
Address the process rather than the outcome.  Then, the outcome becomes more likely.   - Fripp

shawnb61

After pondering this for about a year, we finally decided to merge our two production forums using this script.

Everything went perfectly.

With minor tweaks, we were even able to merge mod-related content.  Both forums used the Download System mod (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=203471.0).  So the engine was flexible and tweakable enough to help us do so. 
Address the process rather than the outcome.  Then, the outcome becomes more likely.   - Fripp

GL700Wing

Quote from: GL700Wing on October 20, 2020, 09:56:16 PMLooks like the SMF Admin Toolbox can no longer be downloaded from simplemachines.org - found a copy on GitHub: https://github.com/Spuds/SMF-Admin-Toolbox
The SMF Admin Toolbox is now on SMFHacks
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