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Nancy Alexander
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Aug 8, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Hi,

I migrated from Mingle to Simplepress about a month ago, the migration went great and was easy. However, I'm now finding that the links that were in posts in the Mingle forum appear to all be missing in the posts migrated to Simplepress. Everything else seems to have migrated fine, but the in post links are stripped. This looks like it's going to be an issue because we're already in need of those links in the posts. 

Are you aware of why this would have happened and what could be done to fix it?

Thanks.

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Yellow Swordfish
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Aug 8, 2014 - 3:17 pm

I have not come across an issue with the Mingle importer not am I aware of any previous reports on this. The importer literally just takes the post content and copies it so everything should be successfully retained.

What sort of links were these please? Were these URLs to external websites? Paths to your own server?

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Nancy Alexander
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Aug 8, 2014 - 3:20 pm

These were just URLs to external sites. Here's how the URL looked in Mingle:

http://screencast.com/t/0LjhSZaKqmV

And when migrated, it was simple missing completely, so just white space. I clicked edit on the post and the link wasn't there when editing either. 

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Yellow Swordfish
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Aug 8, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Do you know, by any chance, how Mingle stores URL's in their posts? The format in the database tables that is...

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Nancy Alexander
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Aug 8, 2014 - 4:09 pm

No, I don't. It would take some work digging through the database but if you think it's worth knowing I can try and find an example in the DB and see how it's stored.

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Mr Papa
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Aug 8, 2014 - 7:50 pm

it might be... I think Andy was wondering it was stored in bbcode format vice plain text or html...

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Nancy Alexander
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Aug 21, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Hi Mr Papa,

I found the link in the old Mingle forum database, here's how it's stored in the database table:

http://screencast.com/t/m1IGGUG5

The problem I have is it was supposed to be migrated to the new Simple Press forum but doesn't appear to have been. 

Please advise.

Thanks!

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Mr Papa
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Aug 21, 2014 - 8:54 pm

yes, as I mentioned, that is bbcode... and not a standard url/link...

at the moment cannot remember if the importer handles bbcode or not... but Andy will be along in AM and can answer that...

can you look at that post in your db?  and tell me the contents there?  would be in the sfposts table... you can get the post id using the forum tools and view properties...

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Yellow Swordfish
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Aug 22, 2014 - 7:57 am

The importer can and will parse the most common bbCode tags. The problem here is that the 'parse_bbcode' option setting is, by default, turned off for Mingle imports because we have never come across a Mingle bbCode editor or user suggesting that using bbCode is even possible. Knowing what may or may not be left in the database after the import might be useful... not really sure until we hear back.

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