The Biblioblog Reference Library

Unfortunate news from the Biblioblog Reference Library:

Our webhost, GoDaddy, decided to change the rules on us and has deleted the entire Biblioblog Reference Library database.

Beforehand we had enough space to keep the database working and pruned down to a size that was feasible, but in the course of the last few months, they decided to halve the allowable database size which made it impossible to house all of the data and indices. What’s worse is that after requests for a full backup of the database were made, they refused to provide anything but a corrupted partial backup. We tried very hard to make the chunked backups necessary to put the entire database into a format that we could move, but in the midst of it (moving millions of records only tens of thousands at a time) they pulled the plug.

So what does this mean?

It means that we need to re-imagine the library and figure out where to go from here. The most requested feature was the blog hit counter, which we are going to work and restore as quickly as possible. The actual archive (which grew to a grand total of 15 gigabytes of archived posts, index, and blog reading trend data) cannot be resurrected.

So, stay tuned. We’ll be back.

via The Biblioblog Reference Library. Besides the unrecoverable data, hopefully the balance of the restoration will proceed smoothly.

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