Okay, here’s the deal.
Our previous server? Something happened. Something bad. Your guess is as good as mine. They wouldn’t answer tech support, emails, phones or smoke signals. Their own site was offline. The guy might’ve just went postal or something. Sat there shooting the servers with a revolver, like a modern Elvis.
Yesterday I had a decision to make.
I made the right call, an Obama-like gutsy call (pffft), to call a new server and say, “I’m going to put together a new site that looks like the old site in 8 hours, will you have the space ready for me?”
They said it couldn’t be done!!!! (lol)
Well, we did it, we only missed a few hours. BUT! (and this is a big but, Michelle Obama-like big but) as you saw we didn’t have the old archives.
Today I received a call from somebody saying they knew a way we could retrieve our old database, but they needed one key element that was missing. I spent the day reading one year’s worth of emails and found what we were looking for!
We got it.
So, here’s the deal. In order to backfill our database with the stuff from iOTWreport it might knock out all the posts from yesterday and today. But, I think it’s a no-brainer. Possibly sacrifice less than 48 hours of posts to retrieve years of data?
So, we’re doing it.
It’s a lengthy (and, unfortunately, costly) process. You can already see, if you scroll down to the page navigation, we have April 2014 already uploaded. Each post says zero comments, but the comments are there if you click the comments open.