Clean Up an Upgraded Forum
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Link to the board: https://railroad.net
Detailed description of the tasks:
When we inherited this forum, we upgraded from 3.0.11 to 3.2. I did not know you needed to remove AutoMod, and as such there were a few mods that did not get removed. We got the forum cleaned up to the point that it will run, but only in a very limited way. Adding certain extensions, or changing themes, breaks it, producing 5 minute load times, and tons of time outs and MySQL Max User errors.
A member here looked at it and found: I see are non-default tables, implying your board had/has modifications or addons. It could be that they won't hinder upgrading but most likely they will and in order to upgrade without any hassles, the databse needs to be cleaned before upgrading (that implies undoing all database modifications).
It doesn't imply that the data cannot be reintroduced once the upgrade is finshed, but in order to use the data a modification or extension has to be made. Perhaps the extension or modification already exists.
Another thing I noticed immediately is the tabel prefix: phpBB2_ so this is probably something which was used in phpBB2 which I haven't looked at since 3.0 came out (a long time ago)
I think the previous site owners may have installed multiple copies and/or not upgraded a phpbb 2 install correctly as well.
We want to be able to do more with our forum like a better theme, and some other usual mods, but at this point, we can't do anything, and we think the errors are impacting Google Adsense.