For many of the posts we were able to recover the comments from Google’s cache. If you would like the comments for your posts please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the copy of Google’s cache for your site. We have no way of entering comments as the original commenters, but you can ask your classmates to reenter their comments.
As of 4:50 PM on October 30, 2009, all blogs that were in the system on September 10, 2009 have been restored to their state on October 27, 2009, or as close as we could get with what was cached on Google. Special thanks to John McCreight for helping us save cached copies from Google. We are now beginning to recreate the accounts and blogs of users who registered after September 10, 2009. So far we have heard from 9 of the 19 users. We still need users to claim the following blogs and provide the information below so that we may recreate their accounts:
If your blog is missing or missing posts here is what you need to do:
- Send an e-mail to email@example.com containing
- the URL of your blog (even if it no longer exists)
- your username for the blog
- your e-mail address
- your name
We will search Google to try to find a cached copy of your site and posts. (You can do this yourself by entering site:yoururl into Google) Once we find a cached copy we will send you an e-mail letting you know and we will restore as many posts as we could find on Google. If you would rather restore your posts yourself just indicate this in your e-mail and we will send you any cached pages we are able to find. Our hope is to have most blogs restored by next Tuesday.
If your blog was not deleted you can continue to add posts. We will be able to add your older posts even if you continue to add new ones.
You can read Setbacks to find out what happened.
All is not lost
We may not be able to recover the data from the database backups, but since we have had Google Analytics installed from day one, Google has caches of some of the blogs. It may even have caches of all of them. Users can visit the tool provided by it exchange and input their URL to see the last date Google cached their site. If a cache date is returned then the user can go to Google and do a search for their site. Clicking on the Cached link will take the user to a cached version of their page from which they can copy their posts or which they can save using the Save Page As… option in Firefox. For example there is a cache of The Gothic Imagination which contains all of the posts from Aug 24 through Oct. 26. Users should feel free to contact a member of the Instructional Technology Department if they need help in recovering their posts from a Google cache. We are not sure how long the cached pages will remain. We are trying to save any class blogs we find and will help the faculty member with reentering the posts.