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Friday, December 18, 2009

Troublesome news

Today I received a mail, from Haloscan, the comment system we've been using here on PCL from the start:

Exciting news, as we've mentioned on our blog, Haloscan, the legacy comment system that JS-Kit acquired last year, is getting upgraded to the new Echo platform.

You are receiving this email because, according to our records, you are (or have been) a Haloscan user.

This transition will happen in batches of users over the course of a couple of months. You are in the current batch!

We encourage you to log into your Haloscan admin dashboard right away (http://haloscan.com/members/). You will be presented with 2 options.

  1. Upgrade to Echo for $9.95/year - all your comment data will be transitioned over automatically
  2. Export your Haloscan comment data for free and turn off their service

Please make sure you make a selection within the next two weeks to ensure uninterrupted service.

While Haloscan has a been a trusted friend for many, the reality is that the servers and the software are beginning to fail and our small startup is unable to continue to support two platforms. We recognize that change is always difficult and daunting, however we hope that the new features, great support and constant innovation on the Echo platform will offset the challenges of any switch.

We will do our best to try to minimize the turbulence. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this period.

As questions emerge, we will add answers to the Haloscan -> Echo upgrade FAQ page.

Please post specific support requests to our support forum here.

Kind regards,

The Haloscan/JS-Kit team.

I have logged in to Haloscan and exported all (over 7000!) comments as seven files in CAIF format to my hard drive.
I have, however, not found a way to to import them into the blogger comment system.
I will of course keep the files stored. Maybe one of you guys out there have a solution.
But it looks like there is a big risk that we are losing all previous comments when we are moving over to blogger comments. Because I am not paying for this new Echo service.

What a heist!

I'm cranky.

/Z aka mrdantefontana