This may or may not be relevant, but I noticed that the default settings on the board changed for me randomly a day or two ago and I had to set them again manually. I logged in and it looked like the entire salty section had been reduced to a handful of threads...until I had my coffee and realized that the filter options at the bottom of the screen had been reset. This has happened to me a couple of times before during my years here (correlating with changes to the board if I recall, but it was at least 2 years back the last time it happened), so I thought I'd toss it out there just in case the same thing happened to anyone else. I don't know what causes it since cookie clears and such have never had any effect on that feature for me.
Thanks L - a lot of posts have been deleted by someone from TFF. We will have to try and restore them from back-ups, but some posts may be permanently lost. This will take time because each post will have to be manually restored, as if we reverted to the entire back-up prior to the deletion, then any posts made since then would be lost. It's really unfair because the topics and posts were by members who were in no way involved in any dispute.
Donya - thanks for the help to others, I have also now reset this particular forum and a couple of other salty ones to display all topics since inception.