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    I applaud the author’s bravery for posting this and being so open about his (perceived) failure at dealing with all of this. DDoS attacks really suck and can make you feel powerless. It’s basic vandalism, really.

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      It sounds like there would be some utility in taking a recent snapshot of the archive and creating a torrent and/or posting on the Internet Archive.

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        Compared with other things they’ve archived it wouldn’t even take that much space :)

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        My take-away:

        • We, as a profession, are incredibly incompetent at identifying critical infrastructure.
        • We, as a profession, are unable to ensure that such projects aren’t some single-developer effort living on some server in someone’s basement.
        • Never ever let companies take over anything of importance. They are basically a single hire/fire cycle away from turning the burden someone gracefully offered to accept on their behalf into some to-be-monetized (or discarded) asset.
        • Take. your. meds.
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          Take. your. meds.

          Eh?

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              I have no clue because that’s none of my business to presume on

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                  And you’re speculating about something off topic based on them. Please don’t. It’s not kind and doesn’t help anyone.

                  Besides, I have procrastinated more important things for similar timespans myself in the past, and it’s not great to hear that this would be the result if I talked about it. This is why people burn out in silence.

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                    I want to weigh in to say that I agree that I agree with the view that it’s not helpful to speculate about this. I do think that the speculation is coming from a place of caring, and it would be great if we all learn to talk more about our own mental health, but boundaries are important too. I do have the deepest sympathy for the author; it’s clear that there’s a personal story behind the technical one. I admire their courage in admitting it and doing what they can to repair the damage.

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                      I do not believe there was any malice or intent to harm in the comment. It’s really disheartening that everything around mental health devolves into negativity.

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                        It’s really disheartening that everything around mental health devolves into negativity.

                        The problem from my PoV is that the debate here is shallow for anyone affected and only ever gets good if a couple of those start chatting. Off-hand remarks that show low understanding of a topic are not helping and seriously make me angry. Many of them don’t cross the threshold of people wanting to engage.

                        I don’t take meds to do the stuff that sucks, I take meds to do the stuff I find important and want to do. That difference is of crucial importance. It’s not like I have a slot “meds in, any work out”. I still need to make my mind up what I want to do. I can chug as many meds as I want, if I’m burnt out on a project, I’m burnt out.

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                          For the record, I didn’t take the comment about meds literally and I didn’t expect others to either. I considered it to be a recognition of mental health, but not literally “this guy needs to be ON PILLS”.

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                          You should consider how your comment might be read before posting it

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                            On the internet where we are exposing our comments to every culture on the planet: this is a losing game. You’ll never be able to guess how someone on the other side of the planet will interpret your message without understanding their life experience. You can only hope to not be blatantly offensive and that in a worst case scenario there will be a civil discourse.

                            edit: It’s so much easier to read a room / body language than online interactions

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                              And yet, everyone else in this thread is doing it perfectly fine

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                                Ok so you want mental health discussion to remain taboo. That’s not helping.

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                                  Considering how our words might affect others doesn’t mean that we censor what we’re saying, it means that we express what we have to say delicately. If you can’t understand talking about delicate issues delicately however, you simply shouldn’t talk about them imo.

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                                    You’re not “discussing mental health”, you’re insulting a person. If you were to claim that i was a paraplegic for not being able to run a 10 minute mile I wouldn’t be ableist by identifying that claim as an insult.

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                                      That analogy works if you write a blog post telling us you can’t feel your legs.

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                                        That still wouldn’t be paraplegic ya dingus

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                                          It’s a valid observation when you tell the world you’re crippled

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                                  Yes, it is harder on the internet. But you can at least venture a guess and make an attempt.

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                                    I really don’t get how anything in this giant thread is controversial. Nobody is denigrating the author.

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                                      I really don’t get how anything in this giant thread is controversial.

                                      Obviously.

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                                        Take. your. meds.

                                        I am not the author of these words which started this stupid thread. Please take the pitchforks and go troll somewhere else.

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                                          I didn’t respond to that comment, I responded to yours.

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                                            Yes and mine was clarifying to the person clutching their pearls over the innocuous comment

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                            • the author is talking about a free service, provided for years. he could’ve just deleted everything, but instead writes an article over how mistakes were made. seems pretty reasonable.
                            • i don’t think we are doing, or are qualified for tele-diagnostics here.
                            • the author usually has a colorful language, from what i’ve read over the years.
                            • if anything wouldn’t be well, “take some meds” is the suckiest solution.
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                    It took Y half a year to get the web site up again, and finally all those dead links stopped screaming.

                    Not only that, most parts of it never came back again at all.