no.. no, i did not realise that at all lol.. thank god you mentioned it!You realise by doing that you will lose everything? The style, configuration options, etc.
Only avatars and attachments are stored in the file system, everything else is in the database.
to be fair, i would never do anything without taking a full backup, and then i was planning on making a "Best way to migrate finished forum from test domain to live domain?" thread once i was ready, but even so i'm glad i found that out now!
i have found corresponding records in the xf_post table - are those the other orphaned records you were referring to? shall i delete them? or just, as you say, wait for a bug fix?