Saturday, July 24, 2010

Water, water, everywhere

Two days ago, I awoke to the sound of a strange hissing noise. I didn't know what it was at first. I thought maybe I had left the sink water running. But when I stepped out of the bedroom and into the hallway, I got quite a shock as my feet stepped in cold water soaked carpet! The hallway carpet was wet!

I went into the bathroom, looking for the source of the water. Only, there was water on the bathroom floor, but it wasn't from the sink or shower tub. I tracked down the strange hissing noise to the small closet that held the water heater. And when I opened the door, there it was, the source of the water and hissing noise. The water heater had broken and was leaking water onto the floor. I couldn't figure out how to turn the water heater off, so I did the next best thing.

I picked up the phone and dialed the apt manager's office. I explained to her the nature of my problem. And within ten minutes, maintenance showed up and turned off the water heater by shutting off the power and draining the rest of the water through the tub. My 20 year old water heater had broken down.

I reached for a mop, but the maintenance man told me not to worry. They would clean up the mess and replace my water heater with a new one. For the next four hours, they shampooed, washed, and cleaned my carpet in addition to installing a new, energy efficient water heater. Then they put a huge dehumidifier and a large, industrial size fan to dry the carpets. I was told the machines would be in place for three days to ensure the carpets are dry and to prevent any mold and mildew from forming.

Now, I fall asleep to the hum of large machines in the dry air of my apt. It's better than dealing with the awful humidity outside after the summer thunderstorms pass on by. I'm really glad that I was home when the water heater broke down. I can't imagine how much worse the water damage might have been had I not been at home to catch it early on. And having great maintenance staff is one of the reasons why I like renting an apt. I can't imagine the hassle and drama I would've faced had I been on my own, left to deal with the mess. I wouldn't have a clue of where to even start, except panic that there was water, water everywhere and it was going to be expensive to fix and find out what's happening. Thank goodness for great apt maintenance staff.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Thank you!

Thank you everyone for your support and your cooperation. All our efforts and hard work paid off. MJ's and Leni's missing comments have returned! And all their new comments are staying put, instead of being erased! We did it! Working with Blogger has paid off!

I want to thank every single one of you who took the time to spread the word, joined our campaign, and supported us over the past month. You took the time to make a difference. You made it possible to return Infomaniac after it was removed from blogspot. You participated and took time to join our group efforts to return the missing comments. Every step we took together in this long journey has finally resulted in achieving our goal: MJ's and Leni's comments have returned!

This whole month long struggle was more than just about returning some missing comments. It was about standing up and doing the right thing. In this day and age, we hear so much about the apathy and lack of caring that seems so prevalent in the world. They say people just don't care anymore, that we're selfish and all we do is complain. But they are wrong!

This whole experience proved that people still care! You've proven that there are still so many amazing, wonderful people in the world who choose to come together, form a community, and look out for each other. You've proven that the incredible power of a group of people working towards a common cause is alive and well. You took the time to bring about change! Your participation and support made it all possible! Together, we really did reach the stars and changed the fates!

Thank you so much for being strong, supportive, and for being with us throughout the whole campaign! You made it happen! You lent us your voice and your strength and made our group efforts even more powerful and successful! You were part of an amazing campaign, and you're part of an unbelievably wonderful and fantastic community of powerful people who bring about great change! You can take pride in your work and be proud of what you've done. You stood up for what's right and you came to the aid of people who needed your help. You made the difference. You made it happen. Thank you so much for your time. Thank you so much for your support. Thank you so much for all your hard work!

And if I can ask you one more time for your participation. Please visit this thread here. (Right click on link and open in New Tab or New Window). And thank Nitecruzr, Gatsby, DarkUFO, and the entire Blogger Team for working hard to restore the missing comments and keeping the new comments from MJ and Leni from disappearing.

Thank you everyone! You're truly an astounding and marvelous group of people!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Help us restore MJ's and Leni's missing comments by getting Blogger's attention

*Update: Thursday 15 July 2010 7:30 pm. Scroll to the end of the post please.

It's been two weeks since the surge got us a positive response from Blogger. Since then, Blogger has acknowledged that there is a problem with with Blogger automatically targeting and erasing MJ's and Leni's comments. And all old comments MJ and Leni have left on our blogs have been erased.

Since then, we've not heard anything else from Blogger, other than they are aware of the problem and working on it. Still, I've been monitoring the Blogger Help Forum for developments and I've learned something interesting. Blogger does acknowledge that there is a problem with MJ's and Leni's missing comments, and something needs to be done to prevent Blogger from erasing MJ's and Leni's new comments. However, they seem to classify this problem as a low priority!

So what does that mean? It means that we've made it on their "to do" list, but we're at the bottom. So, what course of action do we take now? Well, for one thing, we do need the Blogger team to solve this problem, so we've got to find a way to elevate the problem from low priority to high priority on their "to do" list. How do we do this effectively and keep their cooperation?

I've been thinking about this for a week now. And I've devised a two step strategy to help elevate this problem from low priority to high priority on the Blogger Team's to do list.
The first step is to start posting on the Forum at the thread that discusses the problem of MJ's and Leni's missing comments.

Starting Thursday, 15 July 2010 all through next week, to Wednesday, 21 July 2010, start posting at the forum thread to get the Blogger team's attention. The thread is here. (Right click on the link, then Open in New Tab or New Window to get to the thread and post your request).

Here's what we need to post. Feel free to edit these requests to fit your style:

1. Ask blogger what's being done to resolve the issue of all of MJ's and Leni's missing comments from our old blog posts. It has been a month since the comments disappeared on 12 June 2010.

2. Ask blogger what's being done to prevent the google/blogger bots from automatically targeting and erasing comments left by MJ and Leni using their Google/Blogger accounts. Why hasn't Blogger been able to stop the automatic erasure/censure of MJ's and Leni's new comments?

3. Ask blogger, what else is needed to solve this problem quickly and keep it from happening?

Then tell them we are looking forward to the Blogger team's response. Thank them for their assistance. Remember to be polite and respectful to them, so we can encourage their cooperation and their willingness to solve this problem quickly.

4. Please spread the word to let everyone know what we're doing starting Thursday 15 July 2010 til Wednesday 21 July 2010. The more people we have participating and posting requests at the thread, the more impact we'll have! The more of us who post there, the more power we'll wield in getting Blogger to respond quickly and effectively to our requests. There is a great power in numbers, and the greater our numbers, the greater our strength and power to bring about change!

The whole point of posting in the thread, is to get Blogger's attention so they can realize that this problem is not a low priority problem, but a big one. And by posting in the thread, we keep the issue visible and one of the first problems people see when they visit the help forum. All that attention will get us a response.

Remember, post in the thread to get Blogger's response.

After one week, and if by next Wednesday, 21 July 2010 that we don't get a response from Blogger, then we go on with part two of the strategy. A second surge!

We've all ready seen what the first surge did. All those multiple postings got Blogger's attention and we shook up the help forum to get some answers. They don't like it when multiple postings start showing up on the board, alarming the other bloggers and taking up most of the forum. All those multiple postings freak them out, which is why they asked us to cease and desist while they look into the problem. It's a heavy tactic that can cause chaos for the Blogger team, but it's one that's worked for us before. Hopefully, it won't come to that. But if it does, we do what we must to get to our goal: To restore MJ and Leni's missing comments and prevent their new ones from being automatically erased by Blogger.

So once again, I must ask for your help in this new strategy. Your cooperation and collaboration was successfully in getting Blogger's attention in the first place. And for that, I thank you so much for taking the time to work with us. You really made the difference. You are a truly astounding and genuine community who looks out for each other and comes together to protect and support one another.

Now, I call upon your strength and participation once more. Please spread the word. With your help, we can get Blogger to respond once again and help solve this problem. Apparently, until more people come forward and report that this is a problem, Blogger will not solve it any time soon. So please spread the word and join our efforts. The cease fire is off! We are back to posting requests on the Forum!

Remember, starting Thursday 15 July 2010 til Wednesday 21 July 2010, post here on the thread to request Blogger's help.

Ask blogger to restore MJ's and Leni's missing comments, and request that Blogger stop automatically targeting and erasing new comments left by MJ's and Leni using their Blogger accounts. Your cooperation and your support gives us incredible power to make things happen. Together, we can do amazing things. Together, we can reach the stars!

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.
~Nora Roberts

********Update 15 July 2010, Thursday 7:30 pm*********

Something is going on at Blogger. In the post below, two of MJ's comments have briefly reappeared. This one was posted on 1 Jul 2010 11:25 am, and it vanished on July 2, 2010 4:45 AM. But it reappeared on 15 July 2010 at 7:30 pm when I went on line:

Blogger MJ said...

Test comment using my regular Google/Blogger log-in/username/avatar.

Posted on July 1st, 2010 at approximately 11:25 AM.

July 1, 2010 1:25 PM

This other comment was:

Comment deleted

This post has been removed by the author.

July 5, 2010 8:39 AM

It was the first of two comments to which I replied:
Blogger eroswings said...

MJ, I'm copying this for evidence.

Comment deleted

This post has been removed by the author.

July 5, 2010 8:39 AM
Blogger MJ said...

Ooops...trying again.

Here I am with yet another test comment posted on July 5, 2010 at approximately 8:41 AM.

July 5, 2010 8:41 AM

I was over at Nitecruzr's blog and it seems that he's forwarded further evidence to Gatsby about what's happening to the comments being erased automatically by Blogger. I imagine after the weekend holiday, they'll start working soon on it and let us know what's going to happen. I'm hopeful we'll get a resolution soon.

July 5, 2010 10:00 AM

I take this as a positive sign that Blogger really is working on solving MJ's and Leni's missing comments problem, and Blogger is looking for ways to stop MJ's and Leni's new comments from disappearing! Great work, people! Your polite respectful requests at the Forum are having a great impact! Keep up the good work. As you can see, it's working! Fantastic job, everyone!