Changes at Firedoglake
It has been over four months since Firedoglake went on hiatus, and you may have noticed that the site looks a little different right now. I believe it is important for someone to take some responsibility for what has transpired these past months by providing an explanation.
Firedoglake has operated on a reduced schedule and staffing, and experienced tremendous issues with our hosting and problems with the website itself. There was also a period in February, where strong evidence suggested a malicious attack took place that brought down Firedoglake for days.
These attacks, combined with tech issues, have had a huge impact on our traffic and negatively affected the community. Regular readers have had problems accessing the website, leaving comments and posting diaries for far too long now. We decided it was time to revamp things and make serious changes to put us back on a path to stability, so that something like this would never happen again.
For many weeks, we have been working behind the scenes to migrate and restructure the site. What you’re seeing here is Phase I of those changes.
One of the biggest problems we encountered was tackling Firedoglake’s enormous, 10-year-old database. We have more than 2.5 million comments from our readers, and we hope to have millions more in the future, but hosting them ourselves at this point has made it increasingly difficult and costly for the website to function. The decision was made to move our commenting to Disqus from this point forward so that Firedoglake can continue to do its work and maintain an important connection to our community.
This means that people who wish to comment on Firedoglake must now register a separate account with Disqus using their e-mail address, Twitter, Facebook, or Google accounts. Here are some instructions on how to login and register with Disqus, but all you need to do is go down to the comments on any post and click “Login” in the top right corner of the comment window. I also encourage you to read about Disqus privacy settings.
This was a difficult decision to make, and while we understand it may be an inconvenience to sign up for a separate account right now, please know that we do have plans to reunite FDL accounts with Disqus accounts in the near future. With that in mind, if possible, please use the same email address or social media account you use at Firedoglake to register your Disqus account. This will make it easier down the road to link the accounts.
In addition to comments, the other issue we had to address was the massive architecture and database of MyFDL, which, if left alone, would have also contributed to the continued deterioration of site performance. We have decided that MyFDL community diaries will remain on hiatus temporarily as we prepare a new community section to take its place. In the meantime, please email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All MyFDL diaries will still be hosted here on Firedoglake, and you should be able to find them by logging in to your Firedoglake account here, or by using the search bar. The important thing to know for now is that all of your posts and comments from over the years remain online and backed-up. And, if you have any trouble, please contact us.
This is still very much a work in progress, and we will make more changes in the coming weeks.
We thank everyone for their support during the hiatus period and their patience and understanding in the meantime. We want to especially thank everyone who continues to read work published here every day and also thank everyone who responded to our most recent call to raise funds to overcome the attacks Firedoglake suffered. Thank you so much for all you do.