Last night, I read an announcement that DP blogs were going to be lost in a transfer to the new bulletin board system. The announcement posted at 9:20 the site went down again at 11:50 (central time.). 150 minutes to find the announcement and back up a blog was given to us.
Things of which I am aware: DP is free for me. Many people work hard and spend money to keep it running at no cost to me. The person doing the conversion was doing it in his free time and I am not ungrateful for his efforts. To not be aware of these facts would be ungrateful and ignorant. I am neither. The fact that DP is free for me and many others is what inspired me to also have my blog over there despite after having set it up here at AA a month prior.
This blog is a bit of an attempt to "give something back" in the form of reviews of some really old games about which I can find very little on the rest of the internet. It can take about three to four hours an entry (yeah, now you know). Consider this, for most titles I write about I have to: find them for sale, win them at auction (or borrow them), find the money to pay for them, receive them, set them up, play them, cajole people into playing them with me as needed, take screenshots, quicktime movies and box scans, edit/compress said photographed/scanned material, sit down and write something about them, format the entry (with pictures) and then sell them back to the world again to afford the games coming up in the chronology. All that work is done for A. My own sick pleasure and B. To write about it in this blog.
Do that 145 times. Not for every game of course, but you get the picture.
If I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't do it, but that doesn't mean there's no effort. To just take all that effort offline, possibly with no hope of return, without adequate warning, seems, at best, hasty, at worst, um, really, really hasty.
I'm hoping the guy was joking. If he was yanking our chains, fine. Hell, no harm done even if he wasn't yanking our chains because I had my site pretty much "backed up" over here on AA, which I backed up to my HD last night and today.
Suffice to say: if my blog at DP has been put into stasis with little chance of retrieval, I am not a happy camper. The implications of this may be very complex and long-term.