Revived From the Dead – Again!!!
Foreword: For the last 9 days, it has been very hard on both Voltaire and I knowing that the blog was down for such a long time. We have worked back and forth frantically with WordPress to make ourselves compliant, and here we are now.
I want to personally thank all of those who emailed me, sent me messages on Hamachi/IM, and even on youtube asking about the status of the blog. It goes to show that yes, there is an established viewer base here. Thank you. ~ Versatile
On May 15th, our blog was suspended for violation of TOS established on WordPress. For what reason? Let’s say it was for specific guides on how to play a certain game online for free without having to use the Steam system. More details below.>_>
Notice that those articles no longer are available here (at least on this blog). In addition to reviewing the articles, I’ve decided to remove other “questionable” content, and for those who came here for a specific Playstation 2 article, I’m sorry but those are not available at this time.
Here on this blog we walk a very fine line between black and white. Most of the stuff we can focus on is within the grey area. None of us here want to violate WordPress, and it is a surprise that the L4D articles lasted as long as they did (about 5 months).
The first time we were disabled last year, it was due to the fact that we had a rapidshare link to UltraSurf. This was deemed illegal, so we had the link removed. Earlier this year we were suspended again for the second time, but we quickly came back online as it was a categorization error from the WordPress Bot. Now here we are with the third time to be suspended, and this was partly due to my antics in regards to L4D and Steam. *shurgs*
During the last few months, our hits have skyrocketed, and now it is almost as if we are starting over as the daily views have taken a steep nosedive. No worries though, we will rebuild ourselves into a new direction.
Do you take things for granted? Do you only start to behave differently once something that you cherish is taken away from you or lost? Hopefully, in those instances, you found a way to live and in “fairy tale stories”, were given a second chance.
Personally, this third suspension hit me hard down inside. If we went back online, I vowed to do what is right and tweak the system so The Underground can stay here as long as possible within the realm of WordPress constraints. We are going to be more pro-active with backups now, since we always assumed we would be good here on the blog. Not is the case anymore. Any new questionable content that may arise here on the blog will personally start out with a saved copy on my computer as reference.
For those articles that were removed last night, those will see the light of day soon, but definitely not here. It was very painful to remove them, as so much work was devoted to making some very great guides. These will be resurrected into a new form, but its content will be moved to an undisclosed place at this time. :0
What’s next on the horizon?
In the future, it will be important for our audience to know what is happening if this blog were to ever be brought down again. Rather than create a huge email user list, how about follow us on twitter?
The overall twitter account is shared between Versatile and Voltaire. Expect this to be important announcements in regards to the blog. If you want a more personal update as to what I am working on, then you can follow my updates. I will only speak when something is significant, rather than post trivial stuff all the time. ;0
This is our story in a nutshell. Voltaire, if you want to elaborate more on this subject, please add your story below the line below. Thanks to all! We appreciate your support!