See my previous post on this ongoing crisis.
Here’s the latest:
AW’s former hosting service, JC-Hosting/TotalWeb International Net Consulting of Nashville, TN, is being bizarrely intransigent about restoring AW’s databases to their owner, Jenna Glatzer. They’ve now blown off three deadlines for returning the databases. There are lawyers. It’s an ugly situation.Jenna’s asking for help:
(The Paypal button is on Jenna’s site. Go there to interact with it.)
I’m sorry I have to ask. But I have to ask. This is now a full week with almost no site income, and bills piling up all over the place. Once again today, JC-Hosting missed their deadline and their lawyer made no contact with ours.
We remain committed to getting back our property (our databases) and it appears we will have to take legal action to do so. In the meantime, along with the help of some wonderful volunteers and some wonderful paid staff, I’m going to begin rebuilding the forums from the Google cache pages.If you are able to help with a donation, I would appreciate it immensely. This is the Paypal button:
Meanwhile, over at the Absolute Write Refugee Camp, the AW community in exile has begun a project: recovering as much of the AW message base as possible from online caches. It’s discussed in the comment thread of my previous post, here and here. More to the point:
If you’d prefer to send a check or money order, the address is:
Absolute WriteThank you again for the tremendous moral support throughout this ordeal. Your words have meant so much not only to me, but to Charlie and Amy and our amazing moderators, who all care deeply about the site and the people who hang around it.
PO Box 621
Islip, NY 11751
Basic instructions on how to search for one AW page at a timeAct quickly. Caches expire.
The overall area for the Google Cache Project.
Anyone else who’s kept a stash of AW text should go talk to the coordination thread.
We’re looking for a database angel.
Paging Lisa Spangenberg, paging Lisa Spangenberg, please note this comment.
The Mighty Dawno, she of the Sparkly Ears, has put up a CafePress site in support of Absolute Write.Finally, HapiSofi opines in correspondence that:
Credit and thanks to Jim Macdonald, Roger Carlson, Shweta, Lori (Birol), and Dawno: Never give up, never surrender.
The truly predatory con-artist agents and publishers couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present. AW was the biggest repository of ground-level information about them on the Internet.