It was already dump.rdb so I left it that way. Restarted redis and still no forum.

Could the directory structure be at fault? I didn't have the new redis at the location you pointed to, it was at /var/lib/redis/redis-2.8.9. (both redis.conf files point at dump.rdb by the way).

EDIT: It's back now! You da' man. I'm still not sure which is the real redis.conf file though.