Large amounts of knowledge on DID’s games have been gathered in forums over the years. We need to access this knowledge for our continued efforts to mod the TFX games, but:
SimHQ deleted their TAW forum in 2009.
The COMBATSIM forums will be deleted in 2023.
The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine does have a few backups, but it’s slow to access and impossible to do proper text searches.
Some forums re-format their content with forum software updates, thereby steadily breaking posts.
Images hosted at external hosting sites are almost completely lost (especially ImageShack).
Where possible, I copied the HTML source of posts from the Internet Archive without any ads, signatures, or other clutter. Some threads were only available as screenshots or PDF files; I had to transcribe them.
I applied minimal CSS styling for better overview and for support of dark themes.
I tried to fix the formatting wherever I could, including:
Converted the various forum’s [code] tags to HTML <pre> tags, thereby fixing problems with line breaks in code.
Replaced multiple line breaks with paragraph breaks or HTML <hr> tags.
Replaced single and double quotes either with HTML <q> tags (for quotes) or with HTML <var>/<code> tags (for variable names/code).
I converted dates to ISO format: YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss.
I replaced forum-specific smileys with equivalent emojis.
I have yet to add permalink buttons, but all posts are numbered starting at zero. So pick the address of the thread and append
#0 to refer to the first post,
#14 to refer to the 15ᵗʰ, and so on.