Daily Archives: May 23, 2005

The Sad State of Webcomic Top Lists

Ah, once thriving communities reduced to what…

buzzComix: It’s been having problems due to coding issues that eat up bandwith. Today, and for a while, this has been the buzzComix website: “Forbidden. You don’t have permission to access / on this server. Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.” The toplist that replaced TWC seems to be no more.

Speaking of TWC, it was eventually owned by new people. I checked on it periodically a while back, and noticed it had assimilated some of buzzComix’s special features. Check out the state of it today: “Over a year ago, we lost the codebehind files for TWC. This was due to migrating between many offices, and it was a lack of proper backup procedures. We’ve known we were operating on borrowed time, as eventually we would need to restore the site and lack the ability. It finally happened on May 10th, 2005. During a regular update, a critical assembly file was lost. The site you are reading right now, was only 40% finished, and very little had been tested.” Hooray for responsibility!

It’s a small world. The next list I mention is by the guy who used to own TWC. This is the state of the semi-recently made Webcomics List: “Friday 13th, eh… I accidently erased some files of WCL and lost changes I’ve made since January (like the customizable voting). I’ll code it back in eventually but yea… that’s about it.”

I find it interesting that they’re all having problems at the same time. I wonder if buzzComix will survive.