TFTTF Community, we are BACK IN BUSINESS!
What a scare that was, when a few days ago TFTTF simply vanished from Apple’s podcast directory, still one of the really important places where podcasts are discovered by a new audience.
Of course this had to happen while I’m in Japan and on a tight schedule, quite a few time zones away from the US.
I immediately fired off a few emails and filed a support request, asking for the show to be put back in the directory, and was presented with the standard list of things that could have caused the disappearance and that I should simply re-submit the show. If I had done that, it would have lost TFTTF over eight years of ratings, reviews and a good standing in the directory.
So I asked you guys to help me raise importance of this with Apple by submitting support requests of your own – and man, how you delivered! That’s one heck of an awesome community we have here. You guys rock the house and then some! I don’t know how many of you followed up, but from all I’ve heard and seen, it must have been at least a hundred within the first day. Thank you all, you are the best community any podcaster could wish for. I’m floored.
Long story short: the show is back, with everything that is attached to it, almost as if nothing ever happened. And you can pat your own back for that, you had a big role in this!
And as to the reason why TFTTF disappeared in the first place? Nobody messed anything up, nothing objectionable had happened on the show, nobody reported anything, it simply looks like somewhere for some mysterious reason a lonely bit on Apple’s directory servers got flipped. Flipping it back was all it took. Complex computer systems sometimes work in mysterious ways I guess…