Jeff, thanks a bunch for setting up this forum! I was shocked to find the old forum gone!
As far as the possibility of someone having an archive of the old forum, if the data exists, there will be some way to get it online.
Otherwise, if that data is truly lost, there are still a lot of people around with great expertise who can help withe issues. I hope they find their way here. One way to help with that would be to set up a Twitter account that could point people to this forum. Othewise, as people begin to post, it will start to come up on searches.