Originally Posted by discomposed
I do have my old forum profile back, what I don't have is access to the ratings I posted, which is really all I much care about at this point. Forum changes I can handle with ease, watching a poor doctor jump up in the ratings because of how I rated doctors under the old system and having no way to modify them to fit with the new system's algorithm does bother me. You appear to require two separate accounts now, one for the general site and one for the forum, and it's the general site's retrieval of content that I'm looking for (which didn't return despite using the same email address there as well).
Do you have your previous account (there aren't two) or did you simply re-register your old name?
If you created a new user name here, while you could have a name common to the old one, there may be no linkage to any of the other databases (forum content, thread subscriptions, rated doctors, saved doctors, etc.). On the legacy system, our accounts had a key which linked our account to everything we created.
If you created a new user name here, even if it was identical, character for character, that's not going to guarantee linkage to any content here. At the minimum, you would have had to have logged in under your old name, without creating a new name. Logging in, initially, would have caused the system to challenge you (password, email, etc.) as verification.
If you logged in straight off, with password verification, it may just be a case of system admins not having created the necessary links between the user database and the content databases. I'm giving it a few days before I make any inquiries.
Unfortunately, the user name database wasn't loaded, meaning that anyone could create any user name, allowing for the taking of any name from the legacy system. That alone could make linking names to content loaded today from the legacy system problematic, from a security viewpoint.
I have a "new" account. Same name in appearance, but created separately on both systems. I don't know that I will be able to access anything that I created on the legacy system without a manual link created.
Perhaps system admins will review the few of us who had to create new accounts using our old names, makes a decision, and link us to our content.