When we first opened MyFDL several years ago there was no existing software that allowed us to do what we wanted to do — open up a blog where the entire FDL community could post. So at that time we had to do a lot of adaptation to the WordPress system we run on in order to make it work.
This meant that each time we needed to upgrade WordPress, we had to re-write our own software too, which to be perfectly honest was problematic from the start and has caused a lot of our technical problems over the years.
We find ourselves in a place where we can’t do the needed upgrades to the WordPress system that the entire site runs on and reprogram MyFDL at the same time due to cost and the sheer enormity of the task. So starting tonight at 10 pm ET we are going to be taking MyFDL in its current state offline and replacing it with a more limited community blog that operates on standard WordPress, at least until we can get the rest of the site upgraded.
What does that mean for MyFDL bloggers? For regular MyFDL bloggers, not much. The Over Easy gang and many of the people you see here regularly will have logins and posting privileges on the MyFDL blog, which will function on standard WordPress like any of the other FDL verticals (News, The Dissenter, Just Say Now, etc.).
But MyFDL now has some 33,000 people with diarist permissions, and WordPress in its native form was simply was not built to handle that kind of volume. So much to our sadness we won’t be able to import all of those 33,000 authors to the new blog. We hope that everyone who may find themselves unable to post diaries for the time being will continue to bring their insights and their research to the community in the OverEasy or Late Night threads, because it is your continued participation that makes the community so rich.
We thank everyone for their forbearance while we try to get our system upgraded, and we hope that in the not-too-distant future we’ll be able to solve our programming challenges and be able to create a space that will be both more functional and more suited to the needs of the community.
If you have questions please leave them in the comments section, we’ll be around today and tomorrow answering them.