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To our readers experiencing problems

Dear friends:

I’ve heard from some readers that they are unable to access the resurrected Fellowship of the Minds at https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/. They tell me that when they tried, they get a message that FOTM‘s domain’s DNS is still pointing at the (diabolical) WordPress, instead of our new server 1and1 (1&1).

However, I and many other readers are able to get on; some have even posted comments. I also just spoke with 1&1 tech support; he checked everything and confirmed that our domain’s DNS is pointing correctly at 1&1, and that everything is working properly as it should.

The problem, I believe, is that after FOTM came online early this morning on the 1&1 server, the domain’s DNS wasn’t pointing correctly. When I discovered that, I got tech support to point the DNS to 1&1, away from WordPress. However, before I did that, some of our readers already had tried to get on. When you do that, your browser and modem tend to remember that URL, so that later, even when FOTM‘s DNS is pointing correctly at 1&1, you got the same error message.

1&1 tech support recommends you do the following:

  1. Clear your browser of its cache and cookies; or
  2. Use another browser to access https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/
  3. If neither 1 nor 2 works, disconnect your modem, wait a couple of minutes, then reconnect your modem to your computer (assuming you’re using a computer).
  4. If you’re using an iPhone or similar smart phone, I’m at a loss. I suggest you wait 24 hours and try again tomorrow. Sometimes it takes 24-48 hours for the domain to sync up and “point” correctly.

My apologies for the difficulties some of you are experiencing, and I thank you for your patience, loyalty and persistence.

Truly, FOTM‘s readers are THE BEST!


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Fellowship of the Minds is back!

Good morning, patriots!

Last Wednesday, August 15, 2018, like a thief in the night, in the darkness of the early morning hours between 1 AM and 3 AM, WordPress (WP) arbitrarily and without warning took down Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM) — a blog that was nearly 9 years old, with 38½ million views, and tens of thousands of published posts.

The reason given was an unspecified “violation” of WP’s Terms of Service (TOS).

I immediately asked WP exactly which TOS we had “violated”.

It wasn’t until five days later that WP deigned to answer my question with a vague and all-purpose non-explanation:

“Upon review of your WP site, we no longer feel that your account aligns with our TOS and User Guidelines. As such you will no longer be permitted to use WordPress.com.”

Note their use of the word “feel”. One can dispute a fact — whether FOTM in fact had violated a particular term of service. But how can a “feeling” be disputed? You feel happy, which is something I can neither agree nor disagree nor dispute about. It’s an emotion, a feeling.

The domain transfer to our new server is completed, and we are back up and running at https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/.

We are in the process of retrieving and restoring posts from the old FOTM  —  a curse on WordPress for what they did to us — the digital equivalent of burning down not one book, but an entire library. Until we’ve completed the painstaking process, we won’t know just how much of the old FOTM can be restored, and how many posts are lost forever, unless we can find them in the Internet archives on the Wayback Machine.

In the coming days, weeks, and months, we will re-publish one-by-one whatever posts we are able to salvage, with the original publishing dates.

Thank you for your patience and loyalty. You were our buoy as we struggled to revive FOTM in the eight long days after WordPress burned our library down.

Please come and visit our new site. Exercise your First Amendment Constitutional right to freedom of speech and of opinion that our Founding Fathers so wisely and presciently created 242 years ago. We will not be silenced!!!

WWG1WGA = Where We Go One, We Go All

God bless you all, God bless Fellowship of the Minds, and God bless America,

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Dr. Eowyn

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Fellowship's 2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 25 sold-out events for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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