A Note to Readers of this website:
Earlier this year, we suffered a service glitch that resulted in several months of Q&As being submitted by you, our readers, which simply were not passed along to us and so we experienced increasing concern that no one appeared to be accessing the site … or at least not submitting questions. Finally, we contacted our awesome webmaster who researched the issue, found the problem, corrected it, and then reached new heights of awesomeness by “finding” (we did not ask where) all the asked-but-not-delivered questions. We embarked on an intensive review of the questions to determine which were new, which involved matters of broad interest, and which were queries about why we had not answered their question so far. Working almost nonstop, we ultimately processed three months of Q&As in just a few weeks.
Everything was working fine until earlier this month when the entire site disappeared from view (earlier, readers could at least access the site, read all Q&As to date, and could submit their own questions but the weren’t being delivered to us). Not only did the site disappear but all content after May 21 disappeared as well. Ironically, this included all the Q&As posted in July based on the work done to answer the roughly 60 recovered from the first glitch. To make matters worse, despite awesome efforts by our webmaster to locate the newly missing content (from mid-May to mid-November), only one month of content could be found.
In addition to instituting measures to prevent such service disruptions in the future, steps have been taken to increase the frequency of content backups. However, having been burned twice now in two different ways, we have resolved to store each published question and its painstakingly, lovingly, and (where necessary) exhaustively researched response on our own system which stands completely apart from the website server. Also, as readers know who have had an answer to their question posted, we always notify you by return email that the posting has occurred. Starting now, we will include in the “has been posted” notice a copy of the full answer. We wish to take no more risks as our nerves are overly frazzled as it is.
[NEW INFORMATION] We are extremely happy to report that one of our readers, excited perhaps by the quality of what he was reading, apparently maintained his own personal copy of what was posted. He has made his copy available to us and we have begun the process of moving each Q&A, one by one, back onto the site. Given how the site is structured, each of these becomes a “new” posting and dated based on the actual day of the transfer. To deal with possible confusion, each restored Q&A is being identified at the very beginning with the following note: (Originally posted on [e.g., 7/08/17], “Operation Restore”). If you see this, you will know that it is not new (might be worth reading again anyway, who knows?). Interspersed with these, as they come in, may be new queries and in such cases this would not appear. It will take a while to get all the missing Q&As processed.
[NEW INFORMATION] Regrettably, also lost were the last several Challenge Questions, including the current one — #5. The same savior who provided the missing queries also happened to have an up-to-date copy of the Challenge Question material. Hurrah! This, however, is a secondary priority so it will be addressed later. We will close out #5 and move to Challenge #6 when the big task is finished.