American Samizdat

Monday, November 20, 2006. *
On election eve, November 6th, a veteran hard-left blogger, ddjango (of ddjangoWIrE, PBA, NetPolitik, American Samizdat, and P! fame), made a devastating discovery.

Without warning or explanation, he found that his Blogger account had been deleted and his blog, P!, had been stripped and stuffed into a basic Blogger template in inaccessible archive status. Over four years of hard, dedicated work was gone and his voice silenced. Repeated attempts to resolve this with Google went unanswered.

With the help of some friends, notably Dark Wraith, he was able to salvage most of his code from cache. Although some elements had to be sacrificed, ddjango was able to salvage much of the blog and get it back up and running.

If you have a link to P! on your site, please update the link URL to:

"http://ddjango.blogspot.com".

You might want to also post a brief note on this situation . . . Google is transitioning the whole Blogger system into its new Blogger Beta. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, let's say that there are bound to be problems.

Our advice, if your site is on the "old" Blogger, is (1) back up your code, (2) familiarize yourself with the new Beta system, because it's difficult to navigate if you're not up-to-speed with widgets and XHTML specs, and (3) consider finding a more user-friendly blogging host.

Our opinion is that the current Google/Blogger management has abandoned the community-oriented, "do no harm" philosophy that made them so attractive to the netroots community that drove their popularity in the first place.

Please visit ddjango and P! at the new location.

Thank you and be at peace.

posted by ddjango at 2:04 PM
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