Just about a year ago I posted “WordPress, have you been naughty?” It was about a screenshot disappearing from my media library and thus from the post where it appeared, “Ouch, WordPress lesson learned.” The post was critical of the way WP inserts ads into our posts. I was frustrated, puzzled, and maybe a little paranoid about having been censored. Eventually I came to accept that probably I was just imagining things, and after fixing the post I forgot about it. After all, the files stored by WordPress must number in the billions, and it probably isn’t too unusual for images to occasionally go AWOL.
So I ask you now … what are the odds the same image would go missing again? Because this morning I noticed it was gone. Again. I’ve uploaded it again and fixed the post. But it seems mighty strange that just that one image keeps disappearing.
Is WP deleting it? Are Google and/or the advertiser hacking WP and taking it? Is the file corrupted in some way that makes it keep disappearing? Are more of my images missing and I just haven’t noticed yet (readers, please, if you ever notice an image missing from one of my posts, let me know via the contact form.) Am I just having a “senior moment”? (And was I also having one the last time the image disappeared? Uh oh … )
Come on, WordPress. Or Google. Or somebody. Be nice to an old lady. If you really object to that screenshot being posted, how ’bout dropping me a private note so we can discuss it? I’ll even make room for you to do a guest post here to explain the whole thing. Because I’d really like to know what’s going on.
And such is my paranoia that the image is now stored as a Photobucket file. Maybe they can take better care of it.