Problem following links to old threads on the forum - SOLUTION FOUND

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SimonL

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Hello all,
I wonder if someone can help me with a problem I have trying to follow a link in one thread that leads to another please?
As a for instance, I posted a thread in "DIY..." about making pine resin, and one of the replies I received contained a link to another thread. When I click on the link, I am taken back to the forums page rather than the thread that is being link to.
This seems to be the case with any link I have tried, so I know it is not thread specific - the only obvious difference I can see is that the the link contains an aref to an http address rather than an https address.
I am using a Mac computer, and have the same issue with either Safari or Chrome browsers - I do not have access to a Windows computer to try Internet Explorer or Edge.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Simon
 

Nice65

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Happens to me too. Robson Valleys link takes me to the homepage, as have a few other thread links recently.
 

Toddy

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It does it to me too. I found though that if the linked to thread was one that was on the old forum, vBulletin, then I had to actually do a google search to get to it.

Try this one, it's one of my old ones that I searched for recently to do a kind of comparison/follow up now the land over the burn has ninety flats :sigh:

https://bushcraftuk.com/community/index.php?threads/a-wander-down-the-burn-path.57397/

I'm using a MacBook Pro.

M
 

SimonL

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It does it to me too. I found though that if the linked to thread was one that was on the old forum, vBulletin, then I had to actually do a google search to get to it.

Try this one, it's one of my old ones that I searched for recently to do a kind of comparison/follow up now the land over the burn has ninety flats :sigh:

https://bushcraftuk.com/community/index.php?threads/a-wander-down-the-burn-path.57397/

I'm using a MacBook Pro.

M
Hello Toddy,
Many thanks for the explanation and the link you provided (which works just fine)
I'll have to try harder with the "googling" ;)
Cheers
Simon
 
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Nice65

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Ok, that works. Any post # within a thread can be tagged by clicking on the # and copy/pasting the code just as you would with a thread.

I do know Robson Valley runs his computer off deer droppings and rendered bison juice, so it really ought to be be working tip top. :p:p:p

Like Toddy says, the old V-Bulletin doesn’t play with the new software.
 
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SimonL

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Ahhh, just came across another thread in which Toddy had asked a similar question (the thread was about cloaks etc.) and Stew posted a simple solution which seems to work fine, so just for my reference, and for the benefit of anyone else who stumbles upon this one, I'll paraphrase it here:
For clarity, here's the example Stew posted
http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41138&highlight=elves
trying to click this kicks me back to the home page
If I right-click the URL and "copy link" (Mac with Safari), open a new tab/window, paste the link into the address bar, CHANGE the /forum/ TO /community/ THEN hit enter, it takes me to the correct page and also sorts out the rest of the link (below is the resulting URL)
https://bushcraftuk.com/community/index.php?threads/elvenising-my-equipment.41138/
Thanks to Stew for this one
Cheers
Simon
 
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paulds

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Ahhh, just came across another thread in which Toddy had asked a similar question (the thread was about cloaks etc.) and Stew posted a simple solution which seems to work fine, so just for my reference, and for the benefit of anyone else who stumbles upon this one, I'll paraphrase it here:
For clarity, here's the example Stew posted
http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41138&highlight=elves
trying to click this kicks me back to the home page
If I right-click the URL and "copy link" (Mac with Safari), open a new tab/window, paste the link into the address bar, CHANGE the /forum/ TO /community/ THEN hit enter, it takes me to the correct page and also sorts out the rest of the link (below is the resulting URL)
https://bushcraftuk.com/community/index.php?threads/elvenising-my-equipment.41138/
Thanks to Stew for this one
Cheers
Simon
In the root directory on the webserver there will be probably be a file called .htaccess. If whoever manages the website adds the following line to it, this will be fixed:

Code:
RewriteRule ^forum/(.*)$ /community/$1 [R=301,NC,L]
For reference: https://coolestguidesontheplanet.com/redirecting-a-web-folder-directory-to-another-in-htaccess/

If there is no .htaccess file (which would surprise me as it's probably how the webserver redirects http to https) then creating one will require the following lines as well:
Code:
Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
The beauty of using .htaccess is that if you break your site, removing the lines or the file will fix the problem
 
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