Hey guys, this is a fascinating discussion. I just want to clarify for the record that all I am seeking in this transition are the usernames, not the IP or email addresses, which are obviously private.
I just want to keep my blog as intact as possible and that won't be the case if B&N turns every comment into "anonymous."
Also, during the two years I was under B&N's contract, I never had access to the back-end, so there was no way I could save data bases, something I always did when I ran the blog on WP.
I did speak to B&N's attorney today by phone and she seemed very accommodating and said they plan to send out emails to every single commenter, giving them the option as to whether they want their comments and usernames transferred, or only their comments transferred or have nothing transferred at all.
They will give these commenters a few days to respond and if they don't respond, they will take that as if they don't care whether the comments get transferred and transfer the comments and usernames.
So that means B&N will extend the contract for a few days or maybe a couple of weeks until everything gets sorted out.
This type of situation is very new to all of us. There is really no case law addressing it. And the subject of comments and usernames were never brought up in the contract, so we're learning as we go.
But I do want to be fair to B&N that they are working with me in this matter in a very fair way.
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