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    Back In Business

    Back In Business

    For those of you who have wondered what is going on, Blogger had a system-wide failure beginning sometime yesterday, which froze blogs as reader-only.  

    The failure resulted from a maintenance upgrade on Wednesday.  (Small quirk of fate, the blog manager at Google who was responsible for the maintenance upgrade was a high school friend.  I realized this when checking Google’s entries on the outage.  So the silver lining is that I may reconnect with someone who knew me when.)

    Google reset the system to just before the upgrade, meaning that all posts and comments from around 11 a.m. Wednesday were taken down.  Google says that it backed-up that data and will restore the posts and comments, but that hasn’t happened yet.

    I saved everything in pdf. format so it the posts are lost, I’ll go through the hassle of re-posting two days’ worth of stuff, but hopefully that will not be necessary.

    This brings up another point that I was not going to discuss until next month, but this is a good chance to preview something.  Prior to this outage I started working with a blog design team to move away from Blogger to a custom and hosted website.  This has been something about which I have been thinking for a long time, as you know.

    So, sometime before July 4, if things go according to plan even sooner, you will see an updated version of Legal Insurrection, with all of the content migrated.  It will be simple, not complicated, and fast. 

    In many ways, you will not notice much of a difference on the home page, except that there will be less clutter.  For those who like the current blog experience, nothing much will change.  Comments to posts will continue to be moderated, at least for the near future.

    There will be some features off the home page which will enable us to interact more freely, and also to focus on specific political races, issues, etc. for those who want to participate.

    So I’m back in business.  And planning to stay that way.

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    You had me worried this morning. For a while, it looked to me like I not only got myself banned from commenting, but from even reading this blog!

    Since Google/Blogger owns the content of the blogs it hosts, it is counter-intuitive that conservatives don't maintain their private property rights over the content they create on their blogs by obtaining their own hosting and using WordPress. I am glad to hear you are making the move. I hope Prof. Althouse has sense enough to do the same.

    The "spam blog" thing is Google's way of removing a blog with bad pointers that screw up the recovery, that is, they remove blogs with bad pointers by using the spam blog software path.

    It's collateral damage caused by a technical shortcut.

    It complicates the removed user's life considerably, however; and whether their blog ever comes back is a matter of some Google employee's willingness to go to the trouble, and the user's realization that he has to ask in the right places.

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