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Posted by 452 on 2016-11-21 15:08:26

Now that all Special:Forum posts have been moved to the Forum: namespace, and all blog posts have been moved to the Forum: namespace, the next obvious step is to move all Message Wall threads to User_talk pages.

I've mentioned several times in the past that I regret ever enabling Message Wall, but that we were stuck with it because it would mean losing access years of messages. But now, that issue has been solved, as my Forum migration script can easily be adapted to transfer Message Wall threads.

There are several issues I must first address:

  • Renamed users - this may or may not be an issue, but I need to investigate it.
  • Walls which only contain a welcome message - I will be deleting all non-replied welcome message threads ahead of time, and adding the welcome message to all User_talk pages ahead of time also.

Since there are many more Threads and Board_threads, this will be a significantly larger task, and may take longer to determine that there are no bugs before performing the transfer.

Also, since editing a User_talk page generates a notification, I definitely need to ensure that there will not be any problems.

With both the forum and blog transfers, there are minor issues where pages with too many revisions crashed my browser, so transferring my own message wall is likely to be an arduous task.

As I said, this will likely not happen for a while - probably more than a month. Feedback is always welcome. 452 15:08, November 21, 2016 (UTC)

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