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Archiving discontinued forums question

#1
I am making changes to my site, and in the process planning to discontinue less active or dead forums. Many posts in those forum from years ago do have value. I was thinking of creating an archive forum with the to be discontinued forums moved under it as sub-forums. They would be readable, but replies would no longer be possible in archived sub-forums.

Is this possible?
Is this a good way to do this?
Are there alternative ways to do this that I should consider?

I was thinking keeping many thousands of messages in archive on an active board would affect performance and always be part of backups and restores. I guess I am looking for ideas on what others have done in keeping part of their history and yet let users search for something they may remember and want to review later.
 

Fred.

Well-known member
#4
What about hiding them from the forum list? Good idea or not?
Users and google can still find it if they want.