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Posted on May 26, 2010
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We are currently recovering from what we believe thought was an attack on the site. We were down for over an hour. In restoring the site, we appear to have lost a number of comments. We deeply regret this. We appreciate the time and thought you put into your comments and we will do our best to retrieve them.

We also lost a few items, so if it feels like a bit of a time warp, you’re not crazy.

Things could be worse. We could still be offline. We could have Sarah Palin as our vice president. We could have devoted six years to watching a show about a mysterious island only to have nothing explained in the series finale.

Update: Our tech people tell us they no longer believe this was an attack. They are still working to identify the problem but they say the outlook for restoring the lost comments does not look good. For the record, we did not erase any comments. We restored the site from a backup taken Tuesday night, so comments posted after that backup occurred (a rough estimate of 100 or so comments) are not posted on the site. Everything should be fine now. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

Again, our sincere apologies to everyone who lost a comment. We consider your participation a vital part of Truthdig’s mission and will continue working to see if there’s a way to restore the missing comments.

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By Night-Gaunt, May 27, 2010 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

I certainly hope they can find out exactly what happened so it won’t again. I lost some of my comments too and don’t have a back up.

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By William W. Wexler, May 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

And we hope that this was not caused by excess complaint traffic bleeding over from FaceBook. 

There’s a leak! Call someone quick!

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By ThomasG, May 26, 2010 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

I definitely thought there was an attack, Yahoo appeared on my screen and I use Gmail.

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By johnnyfarout, May 26, 2010 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment

no comment, man.

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By gerard, May 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

Personally, I’d feel honored if somebody even cared enough to hack my comments!  It’s not every day we peons can get beyond the confines of orthodoxy—which is pretty much nowhere, sad to say. Like frogs croaking to each other, I often think—and then something challenges me or offends me or excites me and I’m off again.

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By PatrickHenry, May 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment

Just kids trying to have some fun.

The next generation scares me.

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By rico, suave, May 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

Damn that Karl Rove! Damn that Dick Cheney! Damn that BP CEO!

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By samosamo, May 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

Highly suspect,

liquor store larry
toot toot
mordechai vanunu
just trust me
and all his other iterations.

Why, too many changes to his person.

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By Jimnp72, May 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

republican operatives trained to committ cybercrime? I hope you catch them

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