First of all, thanks Yoyodoc for the advice. I haven’t been able to get a hold of Chris Allen for quite some time but Ray from Monkeyfinger answered in minutes.
Chris still owns the rights to the site and plans to keep it that way, but according to Ray,“that old SQL is highly vulnerable to attack so he doesn’t want to put it back in its old state.”
What I want to ask, hoping some of you know much more about computers than I, is there any way the old content could be switched to something less prone to corruption? There were over a million posts over the 7 year period and it’d be a horrible loss to lose all of that history.