Oldest available thread?

In the last few days, I’ve seen threads dragged up from YEARS ago. I have no desire to bring these back to the forefront, but I does make me curious…

What is the oldest thread I can view here? Can I access the first thread ever posted? I don’t want to bog down the board with a huge search parameter, so I’m asking our mods/admins.

Oh, yeah. I promise I won’t post to the response. :smiley:

As far as I know, it’s http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2

I’m curious as to why Tuba and Cecil are guests and that they have “not yet registered.”

What gives?

That’s what happens to all posts in threads that date to before the great UBB to vBulletin conversion. The SDMB, at one time, used UBB software.

Thanks, bib. Only 29 minutes to your response. That was fast work!

No, wait! Out of curiousity I looked at this thread: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1

Now, it’s true that the post date is much later than the thread that bibliophage posted. But it looks like maybe the dates got updated during the vBulletin conversion.

I present as evidence:

And from Arnold…

Whadda think?

After the conversion to UBB the thread ids were “rearranged”. So the person who “bumped” thread 1 mistakenly thought it was the very first thread at the SDMB.

Only on the Straight Dope does 1 not come before 2.

We set our own rules !!!


ETA: Didn’t mean to Zombie an 11 year dead thread. But hey !

Clearly, it’s http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=-1

Fascinating that the first thread, the one given by bibliophage, was itself zombied. Several times.