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  1. Yes, or just some clear instructions that included that. We're going to get a wave of "Where'd my photos go" in six months.

  2. Oh that's going to thrill people to the very core of their being. I didn't realize this was that different from regular exports.

    So neither drafts nor photos which haven't been included in published blog posts are part of the normal import, correct?

    That's right.

    Photos that weren't used in posts are not part of the import process because they aren't actually part of the Windows Live Spaces blog. They are part of the Photos or Skydrive service.

    I wonder if MS could put up some warnings right as a user starts the process so that they could cancel out and retrieve any draft posts, and/or download their images from their photo albums to their computer. It could sure save a lot of grief and anxiety if they did have a warning.

    We're already working with them on improving the messaging.

    Right now, the draft posts are trapped in limbo, but the photo albums from Skydrive are always accessible and aren't going anywhere. Anyone can find them at http://photos.live.com/.

    I am completely aware that the draft post situation caught some people off-guard, which is why we're asking about it.

    Yes, or just some clear instructions that included that. We're going to get a wave of "Where'd my photos go" in six months.

    We're already seeing these questions because of how differently photos work on Windows Live as opposed to the WordPress.com Media Library. On WordPress.com, you can't have an image album just for its own sake; it has to be part of a published post or page.

    As mentioned above, the photos aren't going anywhere because they are part of a different service that is not closing.

  3. Ah, thank you. That clears up a lot of questions.

  4. @raincoster, thesacredpath, markel

    I hope that what you say the drafts are still transferrable & I'm hoping that the stuff that weren't transferred are still in their old database.

    I'm crossing all my fingers in hopes that it can be done so or at least resetted to the point when I did the upgrade because like I've said they're very important to me.

  5. @markel, thanks for clearing those points up, and glad messaging is being worked on. It will certainly cut down on the anxiety going forward.

  6. Well? ANYBODY?! It has been a few days and close to a week!

    Is there any answers from the technical people of wordpress or windows spaces about how am I able to retrieve my draft blogs?

    If reverting back to old spaces isn't possible, at least I want to recover all my draft blogs.

    Please help me as I have exhausted all avenues and am very desperate!!!

  7. We are still waiting on word regarding drafts.

  8. I CAN'T BELIVE I WASN'T WORNED THAT ALL THIS TROUBLE WOULD EXIST. I HAVE CUSTUMERS THAT CONSULT LISTS EVERYDAY. I HAVE 16 LISTS, EACH WITH MORE THAT 50 LINKS... NOW I HAVE TO DO IT ALL OVER MANUALLY?
    COME ON... THIS IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE WAY OF DOING THINGS!
    I CANNOT DO THIS NOW... NOW WHAT?
    I AM SO FRUSTRATED THAT I DID NOT CHOOSE GOOLGE A THREE YEARS AGO! :-((
    We have no help at all. This is so lame.
    I should have have got suspicious when they removed statistics.

  9. I CAN'T BELIVE I WASN'T WORNED THAT ALL THIS TROUBLE WOULD EXIST.

    You were.

    From the page on Live Spaces before you began the migration process:

    What comes with me?

    • The text, photos, videos and comments that are part of your blog are transferred as they appear on your space today. We will even try to get rid of some of the spam in the process.
    • We automatically redirect your readers to your new WordPress.com blog, including old permalinks.
    • There are no changes to your Windows Live Profile, Contacts, and SkyDrive photos. You can still share your stuff with your Windows Live friends and across the services you already know and love.
    • If you choose to connect your blog to Windows Live using Messenger Connect, we will put a link to your WordPress.com blog on your Profile page.

    What doesn't come with me?

    • Your draft posts, theme, gadgets, guestbook, and lists aren't transferred.
  10. @virtualdark please do not yell over here - your gripe is with Microsoft for not giving you and export function and throwing you off their servers.

    The WordPress.COM team has been literally working around the clock to make the best of things for you. Now that your data (or what M/S cared to let you take with you) is here you can export your blog and move many other places if you want (including have your own self hosted blog where you control everything on your own server.

  11. I want to express the same concern as chuatekming over the losing of my drafts. I used drafts as a way to keep private / personal notes that I did not want to publish to the internet, but wanted to keep for my own use.

    It's true that in the conversion process it says that drafts will not be imported over. Fair enough. However there is no warning in the import process that once the live space is imported, the old space will be forever inaccessible.

    I know this isn't the fault of the WordPress staff who is commendable and working extremely hard. But on MS's part, this is completely excusable and outrageous to have a large number of people permanently lose data through an "upgrade" process.

    Please keep working on the draft issue. I would really like to go and recover that data before it is lost forever. The ideal (and seems to me, simplest) solution is for MS to simply provide a link to the old site data that does not redirect to wordpress. I can't imagine that during the import process they just delete all of the old live spaces data.

  12. Edit... I mean "completely inexcusable and outrageous."

  13. I decided to make my own migration tool to blogspot.com instead, you can read more about it here: http://st185cs.wordpress.com

  14. @anthonygreene, all this needs to be taken up with Microsoft. The drafts, the fact that you cannot access them after you migrate. That is all on their end.

    @st185, you're reinventing the wheel. This site already does that and had been doing it for years.

    http://wordpress2blogger.appspot.com/

  15. I'll just reiterate here that if you believe something went wrong with your import, please contact us at WordPress.com support: http://support.wordpress.com/contact/.

    We will be happy to help you out.

  16. You, markel, are a brave man for facing the angry masses, and so professionally. I commend you.

    Now, could you explain if or how the blog posts (not drafts) that were lost in the import process are recovered? I just sent a message to the contact thing, but I've yet to hear if the lost blog posts are actually returned to their owners. I've only heard "go to this link and message them."

  17. Now one month is gone.

    What happend about disappeared drafts? Is there any solution in the future?

  18. If there was a solution it would have been posted.

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