A thread on what's going on with Vivaldi Technologies, the makers of the Vivaldi browser (https://thedndsanctuary.eu/index.php?topic=2820.0).
My friends at Google: it is time to return to not being evil (https://vivaldi.com/blog/google-return-to-not-being-evil/)
I never liked the blogging platform at vivaldi.net, and evidently they at Vivaldi didn't like it either. For a while it took a day or two to get a blogpost out (because of censorship? what a silly idea), then for a while the blog dashboard was difficult to find, hidden somewhere. And right now they are apparently moving the blogs section to Wordpress, which is another thing to be avoided, as everybody knows. Anyway, I can't find my old posts (I use them for my own reference, but of course I can't use them for reference when they cannot be found) and I cannot add any new ones.
(because of censorship? what a silly idea)
Probably more the porn spam.
Probably, but this makes the blog unusable. Imagine a forum where you have to wait a day for your post to appear.
Didn't they also do something where all blogs were "global"? As in, rather than my.opera.com/ersi/blog-post-title they'd be vivaldi.org/blog/blog-post-title-1234 because 1233 people already used the same title.
Yes, and this made it very hard to find blog posts by any particular user, including oneself. Right now the posts are frankly not there.
Taking a quick peek around, are they at username.vivaldi.net now?
Looks like they got it working now. It will be great, if this naming scheme stays put. Different from the previous convoluted way of finding one's own blog and the RSS feed for it, things are straightforward now. For the time being.
But I note that they have been quiet concerning the photo albums. I guess those were deleted.
It's been 4 years already? Wow. One of the last posts I made on the Vivaldi forum was about this RSS issue (that was still an issue in 2017?):
Back then you had to add something like &user=name somewhere in the link to get to a specific blogger's RSS feed. I figured it out by trial and error, but it worked max for a year.
Their website seems pretty much down now for half a day or so. What gives?
From their Twitter feed.
We're currently experiencing some issues with our websites. We are looking into it and doing our best to fix it ASAP. We apologize for the trouble and thank you for being patient with us.
Still seem to be having issues.
Today I managed to update the snapshot.
A nice article of general value on Vivaldi blog, about paywalled (and unpublished or incompetently published given the digital age) science
The biggest offender I've come across for failing to archive are conferences though. The ones I follow (typically Computer Science ones) make their PDFs available online, but there's no guarantee they'll stay there once next year's web site goes up.
Amazingly, this is so true. Conference organisers seem to be mostly party people, people celebrating the moment of gettogether, never minding about having concrete references back to the event, presentable to third persons.