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Where Did All My Comments Go?

from the that-would-be-a-big-oops dept

So.... some of you may have posted some comments on Techdirt this morning and are now noticing that those comments are gone. Kaput. Missing. This is especially ironic, considering the story this morning getting the most comments was about Amazon's "glitch" in deleting reviews. Well, we're not going to blame a glitch. We're going to blame ourselves for screwing up, royally. While doing some ordinary maintenance work, we accidentally blew up the entire comment database. That was fun. And, not only that, but our backup plan didn't quite work as planned, and we were only able to restore comments up through midnight last night. That means, basically, all the comments from the first 11 hours this morning are gone. Yes. This sucks. Yes, all of us here feel completely awful about it. And, yes, guess what we're doing today? That's right: building a better backup system. So, our sincerest, deepest apologies for screwing this one up. But, if you commented earlier, and feel like taking a second chance at saying what you said, get to it. Update: BackType, a comment search engine, actually rescued our comments. So almost all (or perhaps all) of the missing comments are now back! Huge thank you to BackType.

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  • identicon
    Dan, 23 Oct 2008 @ 11:32am

    If you can read this....

    If you can read this....they must have it fixed. LOL!

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    Jake, 23 Oct 2008 @ 11:41am

    Shit Happens

    Kudos for the zero-BS explanation, and don't feel too bad; what last-desperate-resort backup plan ever works out as well as you hope it would, particularly when you can't easily test it?

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    Jesse, 23 Oct 2008 @ 11:44am

    The timing of it is perfect! Loves it.

    Kudos for zero-BS. Who can get upset with that

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    Dan, 23 Oct 2008 @ 11:46am

    Thanks for reminding me to back up my OWN site :).

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    Dosquatch, 23 Oct 2008 @ 11:48am

    brazenly speaking for others

    If only all companies would be so honest with their mea culpas. Stuff happens, and I think everybody in tech has had a moment or two like this. So, to all y'all up there, know that a bunch of us out here completely understand.

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    Yo ho ho..., 23 Oct 2008 @ 11:57am

    Fine by me...

    ... most of the comments on this site should be flushed away regularly...

    (yes, including all of mine too).

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Oct 2008 @ 11:59am

    Only if I could say this to my boss when the backups finally die in a horrible way and he'd be so accepting and understanding to my plight... I do try my best at making sure such things never happen but it's always the thing you never planned for is what bites you in the ass.

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    Lost in NJ, 23 Oct 2008 @ 12:10pm

    well i'm not going to bother with that so let it be a mystery.

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    Milan Olofsson, 23 Oct 2008 @ 12:11pm

    Fast Recovery

    I’m impressed with the speed of recovery. I clicked on ‘reply to this comment’ in an earlier article, input my comment – ok, it was a long and rambling comment – by the time I’d clicked submit, there was this article already here explaining why the comment I was replying to wasn’t there anymore and what was recoverable of the comments database had been recovered.

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    Trevlac, 23 Oct 2008 @ 12:14pm

    props for owning up to it and no BS.

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    Lonnie E. Holder, 23 Oct 2008 @ 12:14pm

    Good Thing It's an Inifinite Good

    I am glad that digital stuff is an inifinite good, otherwise we might have lost something valuable.

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      Killer_Tofu (profile), 23 Oct 2008 @ 1:21pm

      Re: Good Thing It's an Inifinite Good

      Wow Lonnie.
      Even in an apologetic post by Mike, you manage to not understand how things work.
      Our comments are technically infinite, yes.
      However, that doesn't mean they are not valuable.
      Price != Value.
      It is VERY simple really.
      Our comments do have value as they add to discussion.
      However, they are priceless. (har har har, couldn't resist)

      But, in short, you are still wrong.

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        nasch, 23 Oct 2008 @ 1:34pm

        Re: Re: Good Thing It's an Inifinite Good

        Personally I found his comment hilarious, whether he was joking or not. :-)

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        Lonnie E. Holder, 23 Oct 2008 @ 2:10pm

        Re: Re: Good Thing It's an Inifinite Good

        Our comments do have value as they add to discussion.

        Except, of course, when they subtract from the discussion, then deletion of the comments actually gains value.

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          Anonymous Coward, 23 Oct 2008 @ 2:58pm

          Re: Re: Re: Good Thing It's an Inifinite Good

          Maybe there could be a "glitch" that would remove everything "angry dude" ever posted.

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            Lonnie E. Holder, 23 Oct 2008 @ 7:22pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Good Thing It's an Inifinite Good

            Angry Dude, are you going to just lay down and take this or are you going to fight like an infinite good - or is that scarce good? Whatever! Looking for a snappy comeback.

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    Sir Loins Alot, 23 Oct 2008 @ 12:32pm

    Incipidious Drivelings of a State-of-the-Art Circumvision of the way the WORLD used to be

    This message will self-destruct in 3.........2.........1......Gotcha!!!

    Better luck next time suckas...

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    Eeqmcsq, 23 Oct 2008 @ 12:34pm

    Well, at least it wasn't an rm -rf / type of mistake.

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    KJ, 23 Oct 2008 @ 12:41pm

    Backups are important

    I told my parents they should back up their computer - they pushed it out the window....needless to say, it crashed.

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    some old guy, 23 Oct 2008 @ 12:56pm

    aha! a glitch!

    So, it wasn't a glitch in your comment database, it was a glitch in your backup process.

    Still a glitch! (yes, that was a bad joke, if you don't get it, don't worry)

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    Anonymous of Course, 23 Oct 2008 @ 1:01pm

    It's no big thing.

    But what I want to know is did any comments
    by Dorpus get caught in the glitch?

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Oct 2008 @ 1:25pm

    I insist on a refund. I want my money back.

    Oh, right. I haven't spent any money commenting here.

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Oct 2008 @ 2:06pm

    First!

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    Nate, 23 Oct 2008 @ 2:17pm

    No way!

    No way, dude. My comment earlier was pure gold. You can't just duplicate a masterpiece. Shame on you.

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    Not Applicable, 23 Oct 2008 @ 2:50pm

    If it's a big deal...

    for someone to have a few of their comments accidentally deleted from a blog, they need to get some new priorities.
    As for you, Techdirt, way to own up to your mistake. Though I think some of your writers are just plain crazy sometimes, your admission bought you tons of credibility with me.

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    Chunky Vomit, 23 Oct 2008 @ 2:58pm

    Somebody must have said something bad about techdirt in the comments.

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    chris (profile), 23 Oct 2008 @ 3:26pm

    oh noes!!!1!

    the amazon glitch is spreading, oh shit son!

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  • identicon
    Senoj Caine, 23 Oct 2008 @ 4:24pm

    I'm just sayin'...

    PEBKAC

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    Fubar4fun, 23 Oct 2008 @ 6:56pm

    LMAO!

    BACKUPS!!!!

    ...............WEEE DOH NEEED NO STEENKIN BACKUPS!!!!!"





    What a Maroon....

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Oct 2008 @ 8:18pm

    This comment deleted by NSA: America's cryptologic organization.

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    Trevlac, 24 Oct 2008 @ 1:40am

    To everyone screaming "backups" it's pretty clear you don't understand how servers work. They backup on a schedule, usually middle of the night. Anything that would happen in the morning (after the backup) wouldn't be saved. It would have to wait for that night.

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  • identicon
    another mike, 24 Oct 2008 @ 12:25pm

    two types of IT admins

    I posted this in the follow-up story but it bears repeating:
    There are two types of IT guys.
    Those with comprehensive, tested, validated back-up solutions, and those whose systems haven't crashed yet.

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Aug 2009 @ 9:56am

    I actually went into Yahoo Cache and stored comments on some stuff I wanted before they were gone.

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