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A forum post managed to lock down the forum.

Forum: http://thecreativeforums.myfastforum.org/index.php
The problem was across all templates.
I haven't run a search because honestly I don't know what I should look up.

TLDR: I posted a thread and the entire forum broke.

On my forum, HTML is enabled. We figure the benefits outweigh the problems, usually. Anyway, I went to make a new thread about an upcoming game, and it had some HTML coding in it. After much meddling around with the preview, I submitted it and asked a friend to view it to confirm that he could see the images (I was using the URLs from a Google Email and wasn't sure if they'd be publicly visible, but didn't want to clear my cache). I mention this part specifically because that was the weirdest part of the post, I guess, but I've no idea how the following result came about.

After posting the thread, I went in and made a quick edit to space something differently. Then on trying to load the page, the images of the post all loaded up, my forum avatar loaded up, but all of the in-built forum images failed to load. One image in the template I was using in hosted externally, and that loaded fine. More critically, all internal forum links linked to the thread I'd just posted.
I couldn't go to the forum index, I couldn't go to my profile to change the template to see if it was specific to the one I was using. We have a quick-reply box but I'm not sure if that would have worked because I then booted up the forum in Google Chrome (I regularly use Firefox), signed in there (the forum seemed completely operational in Chrome), and deleted the post. That didn't fix the problem though, because in Firefox all links continued to link to the now unspecified post that didn't exist. I cleared my cache in the end, the problem didn't go away.
My friend was also using Firefox and the same problem, but was using a different forum template. I'll ask him about what plug-ins he's using and report back if we have any in common, if that might help.

In Chrome I posted the thread again exactly as before to see if it might redirect everybody to that thread instead of the now deleted one, in hopes that people might at least be able to post in that thread via the quick-reply box and discuss what was going on. All the links continued to link toward the old deleted thread, so I deleted the new one.

Then it just kind of got better. I don't know if it was just a little slow to catch on with changes going on on the forum and localised caching (I know it's sometimes slow to change the defaul forum template). So yeah, the problem seems to have gone away now, but I think it'd be silly not to mention.

Here's a copy of my original post in full:
Spoiler:

Code:
<a href="http://oriblindforest.com/"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/themes/RightNow/images/oriLogoEffectsE.png" align="right"/></a>


[align=center]<iframe height="480" width="853" max-width="80%" src="http://youtube.com/embed/uDt-5mLafqk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>[/align]

[quote]Over the past four years, [b]Moon Studios[/b] has been feverishly working on [b]Ori and the Blind Forest[/b].

At [b]Moon Studios[/b], we all grew up playing games like [i]Super Metroid[/i], [i]Zelda: A Link to the Past[/i], etc. and with [b]Ori and the Blind Forest[/b], we wanted to recapture the magic of these games.

[b]Ori and the Blind Forest[/b] is a bit of a genremix – It’s a ‘Metroidvania’, but with a stronger platforming focus and light RPG elements, all set within an atmospheric world.

Naturally we tried to push 2D gaming forward on all fronts: We tried to make every single screen in [b]Blind Forest[/b] look like a painting come to life while making sure that the controls are still pixel-perfect.

We’ve been taking lessons from games like [i]Super Metroid[/i] and [i]A Link to the Past[/i] in order to really bring back this sensation you had when you played the games Nintendo was building in the early 90s. The level of polish and the execution of design in these games – we feel – was extraordinary. We felt strongly that children and adults today should get that same feeling again. Remember the first time you played [i]Zelda[/i] or [i]Metroid[/i] when you were a child? We hope that years from now people will also remember the first time they got to play [b]Ori and the Blind Forest[/b].

We also push the story angle really hard. We explored some new ways of telling stories within 2D games and we’ve been heavily influenced by [i]Ghibli[/i]/[i]Miyazaki[/i] as well as by great animated films of the 90s like [i]The Lion King[/i] or [i]The Iron Giant[/i].

Ori is a bit of a coming-of-age story. The player is put into the role of a forest spirit, who – over the course of his journey – has to find out more about his role within the world he’s living in. We tried to create memorable characters in an atmospheric world and to craft a story that players will truly care about![/quote]

<a href="http://youtube.com/channel/UCGJ6SvEpy8OIlbevUsj_XlQ/"><img src="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=7cd65befc8&view=fimg&th=14c092752809b38b&attid=0.3&disp=emb&realattid=ii_i74su2wg2_14c092731ddac827&attbid=ANGjdJ_vwRmhP6SAImy3CJ-JUCLN8udljnXS5e2OCXNhF0nWtbI7HLQbGed8mHFFpWeorL0tSS_pL3-PB9IFd4_GakZ93grVA7qotg0QyoagP27OzlYeTnLSzazU1sQ&sz=w512-h512&ats=1426082718384&rm=14c092752809b38b&zw&atsh=1" width="35px" align="right"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="15px"><a href="http://facebook.com/oriblindforest/"><img src="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=7cd65befc8&view=fimg&th=14c092752809b38b&attid=0.2&disp=emb&realattid=ii_i74su2vn0_14c092731ddac827&attbid=ANGjdJ_EE2lvOItoNopuDniAtm2t2eWfwP2HvNchn3CrTr3-NJ-7NgMioSO7rQokJEyyyN2UmZwrfHVSgUv4idMgkjTBw8Iek9KxdXObcXQoYUDkdPD2rcX0DuLYYyM&sz=w512-h512&ats=1426082718384&rm=14c092752809b38b&zw&atsh=1" width="35px" align="right"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="15px"><a href="http://twitter.com/oriblindforest/"><img src="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=7cd65befc8&view=fimg&th=14c092752809b38b&attid=0.1&disp=emb&realattid=ii_i74su2w51_14c092731ddac827&attbid=ANGjdJ8nm1cyqUtbwTzPr9ZqCblYRc9QA4xWW4sRjbCu1hXYEFEiKt_L9NGtbd9pT2_K-SCXsvrnsMuxbuO-v_EXYP81HgP58yeZ1nR1oJCfzHk60vrLHKOxU49f7Cg&sz=w512-h512&ats=1426082718384&rm=14c092752809b38b&zw&atsh=1" width="35px" align="right"/></a>

[b]E3 Debut[/b]:
[spoiler][align=center]<iframe width="853" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PtV1vd6t0b4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>[/align][/spoiler]

[b]Screenshots[/b]:
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<a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/2D8POgW5gl6gheZO.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/2D8POgW5gl6gheZO.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/0bcOEmP1ETd5k8Oc.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/0bcOEmP1ETd5k8Oc.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/CMS3TFZ0QV6YZWCQ.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/CMS3TFZ0QV6YZWCQ.jpg" width="25%"/></a>

<a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/YFhfRW79Ga5Q9JTB.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/YFhfRW79Ga5Q9JTB.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/9ChTU7JBSGcIfFb3.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/9ChTU7JBSGcIfFb3.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/Xi9E46EB6m46WOkV.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/Xi9E46EB6m46WOkV.jpg" width="25%"/></a>

<a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/DOe3Z1clmgLNUNLS.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/DOe3Z1clmgLNUNLS.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/Wh9BH3OcLgh65c7m.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/Wh9BH3OcLgh65c7m.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/LWeT2kB4EIe6DQha.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/LWeT2kB4EIe6DQha.jpg" width="25%"/></a>

<a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/W2lWU5EWMUlcgdgU.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/W2lWU5EWMUlcgdgU.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/425g6X7e3B6QKlFR.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/425g6X7e3B6QKlFR.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/4VXZS505NE5MPW9B.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/4VXZS505NE5MPW9B.jpg" width="25%"/></a>

<a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/Y12HVN5d7dGjSTUa.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/Y12HVN5d7dGjSTUa.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/W3OP9cIVJYJEhTd5.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/W3OP9cIVJYJEhTd5.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/K6DjJlAGBUQ7DA8d.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/K6DjJlAGBUQ7DA8d.jpg" width="25%"/></a>

<a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/AgKmKB41S7P7IKYg.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/AgKmKB41S7P7IKYg.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/6al47i2UNOakTcMI.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/6al47i2UNOakTcMI.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/W00jEEf3U6SGKF3O.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/W00jEEf3U6SGKF3O.jpg" width="25%"/></a>

<a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/QV4BRX7eWi0KaDYX.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/QV4BRX7eWi0KaDYX.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/gO7L5cFQ8aaJF3a9.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/gO7L5cFQ8aaJF3a9.jpg" width="25%"/></a><img src="http://search.stephenoakley.co.uk/orig/transparent-block.gif" width="2%"><a href="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/gU43T9hfPmVS23aZ.jpg"><img src="http://moonzone-7e3.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/galleryimages/gU43T9hfPmVS23aZ.jpg" width="25%"/></a>[/align]

I haven't spoken to my friend since the problem cleared up for me, so I can't tell for sure if it was clearing the cache that did it.
I'll try to post it agian later tonight, without the weird image URLs. For science.
Nick(NR)

don't quote me on this as I'm not entirely sure, but it could well be the iframes for those youtube videos your linking to, myff allows youtube video embedding and using that could clear up the issue and not break the forum
Insofar

I and other members have used iFrames (and YouTube's discontinued other embed) many times before, it presents a weird issue in the thread preview below your text box when you preview a thread post (at least in one template), but otherwise doesn't cause anything like this.

I posted the thread again yesterday with amended images and… it seemed to not have any problem, then.
In retrospect, it's possible that something in the code massively contradicted the page source in some way I don't understand, but only messed up things for that one page. Because I was stuck on that one page, I didn't try internal links from other parts of the site. I don't know if I tried going to the index via a bookmark or anything. So maybe the entire forum wasn't on lock-down. Still a worrying issue, but not quite so much of one I guess. Oh well.

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