Friday, May 13, 2011

Splat! Ow!

Image credit: I Has A Hot Dog

Apparently, Blogger had some issues yesterday:
[D]uring scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, we experienced some data corruption that impacted Blogger’s behavior. Since then, bloggers and readers may have experienced a variety of anomalies including intermittent outages, disappearing posts, and arriving at unintended blogs or error pages. A small subset of Blogger users (we estimate 0.16%) may have encountered additional problems specific to their accounts. Yesterday we returned Blogger to a pre-maintenance state and placed the service in read-only mode while we worked on restoring all content: that’s why you haven’t been able to publish. We rolled back to a version of Blogger as of Wednesday May 11th, so your posts since then were temporarily removed. Those are the posts that we’re in the progress of restoring.

Blogger Is Back
Having gone through a few of these personally, I can tell you that they are frustrating. It's also frustrating when something you've depended on is not available for a far longer time than normal. They're trying to sort things out, and that's really all I can tell anyone on the matter.

So, Slobber And Spittle, and any other blog that's on the Blogspot system, may be a bit under the weather for the next day or two. That's why readers haven't been able to comment, and why some of their comments may have mysteriously disappeared. That's also why it should not be too surprising to find articles disappearing and reappearing on those blogs. There's one article that I was able to restore, and one that has disappeared that I, quite frankly, don't even remember at this point.

Shows what depending on online services can get you, I guess.

UPDATE: It appears that changes I've made to the blog roll in the last few days have disappeared, as well. If they're not back soon, I'll try to remember what they were and make them again.

UPDATE 2: I finally remembered what that missing article was. It was "2012: Dueling Cults Of Personality?", about Mitt Romney's resemblance to Barack Obama on the question of health care insurance mandates, and Talking Points Memo's characteristic failure to notice that resemblance. If I can't find that article in the next day or two, and it doesn't magically reappear thanks to Blogger's finally loading the right tape, I'll try to resurrect it.

And wouldn't you know it? Google doesn't have a cached copy of the article:
Image credit: Cujo359

Thankfully, though, Yahoo did. I recommend Yahoo as an alternative search engine, by the way.

Blogger/Blogspot deserves every bit of ribbing they get over this, I think.

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