After a few days of turmoil, I have an update to share.
Articles / Blog Posts
In terms of written content, I am happy to report a complete recovery
except for Jurisdiction Spotlight: Luxembourg. Out of over 150 articles, I am quite content re-writing one article. Thanks to two members sending me cached copies of the article, Jurisdiction Spotlight: Luxembourg is now back!
Very sadly, comments made after November 2015 are missing. There is no practical way of recovering those.
Images are missing, at least images that I didn’t get from Getty Images. Over the coming months, I will probably be going back sporadically and adding flags and maps for Jurisdiction articles.
Devastatingly, the forum posts are permanently lost. Restoring them would require near-forensics levels of data recovery. This is an absolute tragedy because it isn’t just my writing that is lost; its hours upon hours of research, input, and discussion by you that has been lost. There is unfortunately no way to get those posts back.
While it has been relatively easy to recover the at-risk-of-loss posts from Google cache, The Way Back Machine, and other sources by just copy-pasting text, this approach does not work with a forum. Even if public caches of forum posts were possible, it would take a colossal amount of time to recreate the forum (thread by thread, post by post, user by user).
The forum is wiped clean.
It took many months to build up the last forum and I expect that this dreadful loss of data will essentially put us back to square 1.
The only good news in this otherwise dark chapter of this whole saga is that the new forums are interconnected with the blog, meaning a single login for blog comments and forum posts. The two are now part of the same system. Fully backed-up, redundant system.
Vacation and Future
While I will be active on the website and elsewhere in responding to comments and forum threads, the blog will remain in vacation-mode.
I have decided to resume the blog when I have at least a certain number of posts lined up. The best times of this blog have been when I have had a few weeks’ buffer. The poorest-quality articles were those thrown together quickly a few hours before publishing.
This can mean the vacation will last for a few days or a few weeks. For one, my schedule can be very hard to predict. Furthermore, inspiration comes and goes.