Hello, I am Eunah.
First of all, a big thank you to all the people who tirelessly worked to restore the LV server. I am so relieved to hear that all the audio files we have uploaded so farare there safely at archive.org.
However, if you don't mind, I would like to ask a couple of questions and give you a few suggestions.
1. Has EVERY forum post on all the LV message boards been lost? Are we able to restore the forum posts, including, most recently (as far as I can remember) a disclaimer about third-party audiobook apps using our LV recordings and political advertising intentionally placed on those recordings by the app developers? I am convinced that although it will take a lot of time and energy from the LV admins, we should, at the very least, restore the forum post about the relationship between LV, third-party audiobook app developers and political advertising inserted by them. Please tell me if we can restore all the forum posts on every LV subforum after September 15, 2016.
2. Has EVERY blog post on the LV main site also been lost due to this server breakdown? Then, I think we should fully restore the LV blog post about the political ads inserted in LV recordings by third-party app developers. You would ask why I am so obssessed with restoring the LV forum post or the main LV blog entry about the political ads in recordings, but I am really worried about a future cyber-attack on LV server by angry listeners who got upset with political ads which the LV has no relationship with. Who knows?
3. I am neither a lawyer nor a cybersecurity expert, but if I may, let me have my say. I think in terms of dissociating the LV community from third-party app makers or any low-quality derivative works, political ads or any other form of bad behavior done by those people, we should follow the example of the website sacred-texts.com, an etext library specializing in digitizing and preserving books about religion, mythology and folklore. The sacred-texts.com website was founded and run by the late John B. Hare, who has passed away on April 5, 2010. Unfortunately, there has been no new etext posted on the site since Mr. Hare's death. The part of the site I would like the LV admins to pay attention is the page entitled "about sacred-texts". You can follow the link below to have a look at that page:
When you read the page, you can clearly see Mr. Hare repeatedly stating that the views expressed here on the site are those of the specific authors, and they are not endorsed by the site owner or the ISP hosting the site. He additionally states that the etexts are not sanctioned by any particular religious group or institution. When I first read this disclaimer on sacred-texts.com back in 2009, I thought it was no big deal, but now, after reading the blog post and the messages related to political ads inserted by those who has nothing to do with the LV community, and going through the server breakdown, I am truly concerned about a security breach or denial of service attack that may be committed by crackers or people "who strongly disagrees with" the political viewpoints that the app makers are promoting through ads, as Laurie Anne put it in one of the forum announcements.
When the LV server was in the process of restoration, I asked myself, "Maybe someone who got angry about political ads on one of the audiobook apps decided to crack our server? What if they stole all of our forum login information?" and was really scared. Please, please consider putting some kind of disclaimer on the LV website and if you can, put that disclaimer in the form of a footer so that it can be visible on every LV web page, just like the footer image entitled "Public Domain License" that you can see on every LV catalog page and the main LV page. And in my opinion, it would be a good idea to post an LV forum announcement disclaiming liability about product commercials or political ads in LV recordings placed by third-parties, and then lock the post and make it appear on LV "Suggestions, Comments, News & Discussion" and "Need Help? Got Advice?" subforums. And adding a note about this issue in one of the LV wiki pages would be a good thing, I guess.
4. I wonder, exactly why did this server break down? Did it have any relationship with vengeful emails the admins have gotten from listeners? I ask the admins to be more specific and transparent regarding why this happened and why the server got reverted back to a particular date, namely, September 15, 2016. And please tell me if we can restore the LV blog entries and forum posts dated after September 15, 2016.
Thank you for reading my message. I sincerely hope this kind of thing NEVER, EVER happens again.
Thanks again to all those who got involved in the server restoration.