It was not a one click, or a thousand click operation ...
More than 4000 posts were deleted. Hanif Bhai tried his best to find an easier solution to the problem, but what had happened was something unprecedented.
Not less than ten mouse clicks, accurate cut and paste were required in this tedious operation. Furthermore, sometimes, the posters edited their own posts several times, and sometimes posts were edited by moderators. In that case, the operation became even more difficult. The volunteer mods had to use judgment in such complex restoration.
Hanif Bhai asked me to propose names of volunteer moderators who would handle the restoration. I did not propose Hanif Bhai's name in the list, but he himself restored a large number of pages. For this act of kindness, I am forever indebted to him.
My brother volunteer moderators did this mammoth job in a very short time. You can imagine the time required. Each deleted post required not less than 4~5 minutes ... and just consider the manhours used in this complex, lengthy and meticulous operation.
We faced a big problem, and that was the restoration of the photos. Despite our best efforts, we could not restore the photos linked from other websites. In my case, I upload my photos to Facebook and then link them to PW posts. Such posts could not be restored. However, those upoloaded from PW server as attachment survived.
At the back end, I must acknowledge the support, guidance and cooperation of Hanif Bhai and Rizwan Bhai (riz_) extended to the restoration team in this tedious operation.
Here again, I once again, thank all of my brothers who spent their time, energy and hard work in this HUGE OPERATION.
Thank you everyone!!!