However I realize this only concerns the replay files, not the entries in the database.
So the names/times/coins are still here.
That's the most important thing. This way the actual history is preserved. You're right, though, that there were quite a few original replays in the "oldones" folder that were well worth watching even in addition to the current record. Some contained optimized runs using strategies that were eventually beaten by a faster strategy, but which were interesting in their own right. It's bad to lose them.
Maybe some of the players have kept copies of their replays?
Personally, I have all of my old replays available (54 files). Not sure whether it's worth the effort to restore them all, though, since in most cases I have a better replay in the contest folder right now. One thing I would like to see back on the table again is my H12 most-coins replay, either as a restored "old one" or converted to a freestyle. That, and perhaps my last replays for cE02 and H07.
Hopefully, when neverball 1.5 will be released, it won't hurt so much as a lot of records won't be available anymore
As far as I know, only eight of the current 75 levels have been modified in a way that will affect records made for them. Other than that, the current Nevertable replays only need to be renamed (e.g. cM03xxx -> cMB2xxx.nbr) and converted to the new file format, right?
Well, at least now I stand a better chance of getting on the table
Actually, without old replays to look at in search for ideas and hints, it may even get a little harder...
BTW, shino, I think you need to come up with a way to remove or disable the "replay" link for those records where the replay file is not available anymore. Otherwise, lots of people will get confused by 404 Not Found errors...