I was rather prolific. Many entries on art were researched for years and some of them had about 40 hours or more put into them. It’s been about a week . . . I haven’t been able to sign in because it says my username is invalid. It will let me reset my password for that username, which I did twice, but it keeps on saying my username is invalid after that, right after they tell me to sign in with the new password. How can that be??? That means I can’t access my archives. I also can’t see my blog if I’m not logged in, although my username sari0009 still comes up in relation to xanga on google searches — because I blogged there for 10 years. Way to go, Xanga.
And you want me to pay $48 dollars for a year of xanga after this? You want me to sign up for this very expensive xanga 2.0 that you warned no one about in any email? No email went out to warn users. Well geniuses, how do I sign up for xanga 2.0 if my username is invalid? If your system let me pay $48 dollars for xanga 2.0, which is steep, would my password remain invalid? I mean, you’ve already destroyed trust on several counts — the lack of advanced warning that this was going to happen, the loss of blogs, usernames that are now invalid . . .
So, I tried to comment and email xanga. My comments on their blog entry at http://thexangateam.xanga.com/2013/09/05/were-working-to-make-2-million-blog-archive-backups-available-for-free-download-asap remain in “waiting for moderation” limbo. Is that because my username is invalid? Let’s see if they answer my email or whether my blog of 10 years is just inaccessible forever. If it is, why did they save my archives and why no warning of all this xanga 2.0 mess? They did not notify users in any way that users were sure to see.
Teaches me for going on vacation, huh?
I hope xanga fixes this.
Afternote: I don’t want to pay money to a company like this, not even to get my blog back. It’s a lack of trust issue.