Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Disappearing Posts - The Mystery Begins

Today, we have a mystery - disappearing posts. I felt the need to revise my post Custom Domain Publishing, And The 404 Error, so I found a link to the post, selected "Open In A New Window", and let it load.

A new window is what I got. With the blog contents, but not the post contents. I even cleared browser cache, and tried again. I looked at page source, using View - Page Source (Firefox), and the code listed contained no post content, either. It's not a dropped post problem.


Note the browser window, at the top, where you'll see the post title. Just no post content in the blog body.



Having made the above picture, and uploaded it, I tried again maybe 10 minutes later. Now the post shows up fine.

(Update 3/3): Today, this problem became even more interesting.

(Update 3/2): If your blog is showing this symptom, first try a workaround suggested by Blogger. If that doesn't work, try using the "Edit Posts" menu - select all posts ("Select: All"), then publish ("Publish All") - to work around the problem.

(Update 2/19 15:00): If you are seeing this problem in your browser, do "View" - "Page Source", and examine the listing for the blog display. Do a text search for "google.friendconnect". Let us know if you find that in the code.

If you're seeing this problem, please find a thread (there are several to choose from) in Blogger Help Group: Something Is Broken. Provide details, of your experience.
  • What's the blog URL?
  • Is it published only to BlogSpot, or is it also published externally - either using a custom domain, or FTP?
  • Is this your blog, or someone else's?
  • Do you see this in main page, or single post mode?
  • Are you logged in as an administrator / owner when attempting to load the page?
  • What browser (name and version, please) are you using?
  • Did you try clearing browser cache?
  • Is the problem seen (posts not seen) in main page view, in label view, or in archive view? Please check, specifically.
  • Did you just previously publish a new post, or was a comment just published, to the blog, immediately before discovering this problem?
  • Where are you located, and what ISP do you use?


(Update 2/17 18:00): Blogger has acknowledged the problem
Are any of you still having trouble with this? Please let us know and we'll see what we can do.


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11 comments:

Her Royal Highness said...

Blogger-hosted blogs seem to be having some various issues today, including the disappearing post - there's also the disappearing blog. Or rather, the proxy error. I'm not sure what's up with Blogger today, but my own website is experiencing some up-and-down all day long.

Marf said...

Yeah, I had my dad call me on the phone to tell me one of my posts were missing. All I did was go like I was going to edit the post and just clicked "publish" without changing anything. Seemed to fix it.

Trader-X said...

Hey guys - I have had this happen multiple times in the past five days, and so has another blogger I talk to. Either all the posts are gone, or you click on a link to a post and it goes to the page but the post is not there. Everything else on the page is though.

If you re-publish, it will solve the problem. Or if you have "Archives" on your page and choose the current month it will show.

But the bigger issue is why is this happening? What causes it? It might be going on for hours before I notice or someone tells me, in which case I am losing readers.

I hope you guys follow-up as it seems to be getting worse, not better. I hope someone figures out a solution.

Chuck said...

Trader,

If you keep seeing the problem, and you just keep executing the workaround, Blogger isn't going to be able to find and fix the problem.

You have to report the problem, so Blogger can do something.

Overmind said...

I'm having this problem too, here's my log.

•http://brainabyss.blogspot.com
•Hosted on blogspot.
•This is my page.
•I see this problem on all pages, links to posts do not pull up.
•I have tried to pull these up while an administrator, and as a user from a different ISP, I've even tried accessing it from my mobile.
•Using Firefox 3.0.6, with Adblock plus and Greasemonkey
•I've tried clearing the cache with no luck, Also the temporary edit/post solution doesn't work for me.
•Located in Washington, using Charter for ISP.

Other Information
•I thought Greasemonkey might be affecting the posts, however the other browser tests proved false.
•This problem first happened yesterday 03/01/09 and the temporary fix worked at that time
•This happened immediately after I edited some of the html, and decided to upload my backup template, since then the temporary fix will not work.

Please let me know if you find a fix I could put into the html. Hope this helps.

Becky said...

Mine doesn't seem to be working at all. I posted a new blog entry, but I can't read any of my postings, new or old.

Chuck said...

Becky,

Some details would be quite nice.

Judy S. said...

I'm also having this problem at http://stitchalongwithme.blogspot.com/

Judy S. said...

Addendum: There is no longer a publish button on the edit part of my dashboard, so I can't try the edit all/publish work around....don't know what to do.....

Chuck said...

Judy,

The "Publish" button is found at the bottom of the "Edit Posts" menu screen.

Judy S. said...

It's fixed. This morning the content part was still blank except for the sidebar and header, so I decided to try a brand new test post, and 'voila,' everything came back. Some weird techno gremlin, I guess.....