Sorry for recent hiccups on FP2P – here’s what’s happening

Forget last week’s website crash at Amazon or the Guardian, what about FP2P? Not sure if any of you noticed but recently, anyone trying to access this blog got an alarming message saying ‘

‘Forbidden

You don’t have permission to access this resource.’

Yikes. Since then, the techies have been assessing the damage.

Turns out the problem is a bit serious. In the words of fixer-in-chief James Heywood, ‘This is like coming home and finding your house flooded. Short-term we need to think about where we sleep tonight, medium-term we need to think about where we live in future.’

Turns out there’s a lot of mud from the flood, and sorting it out is likely to take 2-6 weeks. I haven’t had a blog break that long since FP2P started in 2008, and

as a confirmed blogaholic, I’m not about to start now. So James has kindly set up a temporary website for me to feed while they clean out the sludge. That’s what you’re reading now (the website, that is, not the sludge).

So from today I’ll go back to posting (although I’m off on hols next week). In theory, readers should barely notice – everything should be redirected automatically, email notifications sent out etc. In theory. But do please let me know if you are experiencing glitches – for example, we’re not quite sure how to set up comments without opening the floodgates to a deluge of spam. If you’re desperate to comment and can’t, you can always email it to me and I’ll put it up in your name.

Best wishes from the sludgehouse

Duncan

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