Thank you for posting this and the wonderful photo essay of the project as it was being done. The only place I get to see start to finish with my designs is when I walk out to the studio and make my design.
This is terrible Sam, many of us here have invested a lot of time and effort documenting problems, concepts, feature requests, etc. for developers. Some times they don’t even get to actually review or act on those posts until many years later.
Last month I wanted to refer @BrianJ to a series of posts on SubD and then I realized all the images/videos where gone.
This shouldn’t happen if you really have a sound backup strategy and you had executed it properly. This can only happen if you are treating the data posted here as disposable.
@sam, what steps have you taken so this does not happen again?
@brian, what gives you the confidence that our data and our time invested in creating that content is in safe hands here in Discourse? Or what steps should your team take so the Discourse team takes appropriate action to really have backups?
Hi @gustojunk I see your frustration. Looking back at the gallery, it doesn’t seem that this problem was widespread - perhaps 20 of the oldest threads from May 2015. Given that the images disappeared somewhere between 4 years ago and a month ago, and nobody managed to notice, it’s really difficult to determine when and how this went wrong. Most companies don’t keep regular backups four years into the past - especially not for things that aren’t legally binding.
@sam I’m curious to hear how we can work to ensure this type of data loss doesn’t happen in the future. Perhaps better data protection practices have been added in the last four years?