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mBlog Closure will NOT happen here

Some of our users have raised concerns that what’s happening over at mBlog could happen at DearDiary.Net. For those that don’t know what’s happened here’s a quick synopsis.

mBlog (a blog provider I knew nothing about until today) has closed it’s doors due to ‘member abuse, inablity to reach agreement with Moveable Type and rising hosting costs’ and are asking their members for $35 (USD) in order to retrieve an export of their blogs which could then be imported into a new blog system. It’s an attempt to reclaim some of the costs of running the site, after they’ve closed down.

This will never happen at DearDiary.Net for a number of reasons;

  • DearDiary.Net is privately funded and doesn’t require shareholder payments. It’d be nice if it would pay me something every once in a while to make up for the time I spend on it, but that’s a different issue.
  • DearDiary.Net has an Export Diary function already, which can be used to take your diary somewhere else, free of charge.
  • DearDiary.Net doesn’t tolerate ‘Member Abuse’ and we have security systems in place to ensure abusive members are removed from the system as far as possible. Certainly it is harder for an abusive member to get back onto the system than it is for us to remove them again.
  • DearDiary.Net uses home grown code and some Open Source to provide this service. There does not need to be any ‘agreement’ with any other providers and there is no licensing issues whatsoever
  • DearDiary.Net recently celebrated its 5th birthday – if it was going away it probably would have done so by now.
  • In the event that DearDiary.Net did have to close for some unforeseen reason, bloggers would be given AT LEAST a month’s notice to export their diaries
  • Such exports would remain free of charge because although DearDiary.Net does not make any money, it does not have any 3rd party debt either, so it wouldn’t be trying to get that back by extorting your own diary entries from you!

So, just to re-assure everyone, DD.Net is solid, work is ongoing every day as we speak to bring in new features and extra services and even if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be trying to get money out you to get hold of what is already rightfully yours. Although I might ask for donations if it ever came up 😉

Steve

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15 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing that with us…though I have to admit that I had no idea that even had happened or that there was such a site/place. Just goes to show how little I know.

    Thanks for all the work that you do to keep up with the site.

    Hugs and Luv,
    Kara

  2. Thanks for sharing that with us…though I have to admit that I had no idea that even had happened or that there was such a site/place. Just goes to show how little I know.

    Thanks for all the work that you do to keep up with the site.

    Hugs and Luv,
    Kara

  3. …Certainly it is harder for an abusive member to get back onto the system than it is for us to remove them again…

    Unfortunately, the one good quality abusers tend to possess is stick-to-it-ive-ness! Just the same, thanks for staying one step ahead of ’em.

  4. I wouldn’t have a diary on any other site. You have my confidence. My entrusting your site with my thoughts is saying a lot, considering I’m so arrogant. I wouldn’t put a record of MY life just anywhere, you know.

  5. [PRIVATE COMMENT]
    I realize you’d rather get this by email, so I apologize for sending this through the comments. I tried to email the address you stated in the entry for the Hamimail, but it keeps coming back.

    I would like to use the Hamimail, but I can’t get into it. I am a plus user, can you help me out? Or is it just down? I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong, I used the Serenity@deardiary.net address and my dd password, but it’s not working…

    You can email me back at Safiyah3@yahoo.com or just comment in my diary.

    Thank you
    Serenity

  6. We know you love us and would look after us if the worst happened – after all, you’re so dedicated you answer support queries at 4 in the morning! 😉

    ^ ^
    0u
    =+=
    v

  7. [PRIVATE COMMENT]
    Well, obviously, I haven’t been around enough to know anything was going on but I appreciate the reassurance. I have to say that in the 3yrs I have been here, its been 98% good. The other 2%, well, it was good in the sense that it taught me something so it evens out. By the way, Steve, thank you again for everything you have done for me. You’ve been marvelous. Continue to enjoy Australia. ((hugs))

  8. Happy recent birthday number 5
    I love this forum.. All the friends I’ve met here are wonderful
    I was wondering if I post an entry and make it private.. will it look just as it would if I made it public? I loaded some pix from ripway.com. which I have used before. But they are not working in this entry.. (I marked it private to see how it looked?)
    Anyway.. Thanx and keep up the wonderful work
    I love it
    Peggy

  9. I tried to join the plus users a while back and got the charge on my statement from PayPal but never did get my plus account or charge for the plus account itself to my credit card statement. But if you ever need donations let us know. I’m sure a number of nice folks would be happy to help out. I appreciate all you put into this site. You are very much our hero for all you do!

    Thanks so much,
    Maggie

  10. [PRIVATE COMMENT]
    I’d so be a plus member if yearly cost was like $25 instead of $40 (US $). I think more people would seriously consider it if it were a bit cheaper. I don’t like having to re-up every month for the cheap plan because in the end with fees on my card it comes out to be more and I forget stuff like that.

    I still love you guys though.

    Made it private because I know I’d get a lot of negativity my way for even suggesting the price thing.

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