April 03, 2006
Comments have disappeared

Well, I woke up this morning to find that all of the comments seem to have disappeared from the blog. Further, an attempt on my part to leave a comment in a post gave no indication that it was accepted. You can still see a (correct) counter on the index page telling you how many comments a post had, and you may even be able to see those comments for now. The post that I tried to leave a new comment on now does not display any of the previous comments, though the counter is still set at 2, which is what it was before.

Right now, I have no idea what's going on. I've got a ticket open with Movable Type support to troubleshoot. I'm going to leave this post at the top of the page until this issue is resolved one way or another. My apologies for any confusion. In the meantime, if you need to give me feedback on something, send an email to kuff - at - offthekuff - dot - com. Thanks very much.

UPDATE: This may be a problem with my Main Index template. The only way I could get this post to save and display was to remove the code between the MTEntryIfAllowComments tags (including the tags) in my Main Index template. As such, you no longer see the "Comments" link on the posts. I have a feeling this is going to be messy to resolve.

UPDATE: Man, do I miss having comments right about now. The problem seems to be that the mt_comment table in my MySQL database has gotten zapped. I attempted to restore it from a backup yesterday, but that failed. According to Dreamhost, my only option now is to restore the entire MySQL database from backup. As you might imagine, that prospect has me a bit squeamish. I'm going to check on a few more things, then time permitting (between DeLay updates and Real Life), I'll give this a go. Wish me luck.

UPDATE: They're fixed! Woo hoo!

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 03, 2006 to Administrivia | TrackBack