since I have got in contact with Noisette on the "new-platform GE help community" >GEHC< (:, and she was not very "positive":
Hi syzygy, the help forums have moved to a new platform, and the old help forums are no longer directly accessible. This has impacted the old GEC which was on the same platform as the old help forums. I'm trying to find out if anything can be done, but I have to say, I'm not very positive
I really often make good use of the GE/GEC layer -as I did with the Pano-, so really do hope very much, that we won't lose another -still brilliant- global info-source or else I will really go mad to Google! (: very frustrating they keep ruin all the most useful datasets, that were provided by users, and give what: e.g. photos of Dubai skyscrapers in the middle of the Takla-Makan desert...): (okay, I do not want to be unfair: GE Photo layer slowly "gets better"...)
on the new GEHC I have seen alchemist251 too so greenhorns and jerks are in safe at least!(;
All kmz content I share were created with Google Earth (PC-version). All of my nGEC forumthreads All about my avatar kml2xls
oGEC was supposed to be frozen but it seems that powers-that-be at Google have killed it now. None of my old GEC links are working now. Shame on you Google for removing this vast storehouse of knowledge created by efforts of thousands of contributors.
I m seriously thinking of moving my posts in blogger.com to some other location. With Google's reputation as serial Product Killer one never knows which product will be killed next.
oGEC was supposed to be frozen but it seems that powers-that-be at Google have killed it now. ...
Hey J, my dear co-member and friend! I would like to emphasize my strong hope, that this is only a temporary issue and after some server-platform-hocus-pocus, data will be available again. (in some state of existence at least)
I have no other explanation for this "killing passion" and "renewal mania" than Google tries to gain on Apple with teeth and nails and it seems in our days not the human, but money itself makes decisions. Nothing else, but profit matters.
one thing is strange however, that this time they did not take the trouble to warn users about the changes as they did by Pano or G+.
as I wrote, I am waiting for an answer also on GEHelpC, but it seems we'll have to wait some more now...
to say: I am sooo curious JM!(;
anyhow; if one day you decide to leave the "sinking ship", please drop a thread for me so that I will find you and your always interesting and valuable GE stuff!
Craig is currently trying to find a solution with Google. ... it is a very very small hope. ..
Very sad, that also You think this way.
Might the Lord give Craig hard balls enough to be able to do some, or else...
...if they really will terminate our data, is there anything We could do? ...I do not know; a common action on the court for example? - They did not warn us to save, so many valuable kmz stuff (do not mention post bodies) might have been lost this way! ("lost" is not the best expression - it is gonna be "stealth" if happens)
One thing that they let us to host and share our data for free, and an other thing, now they unexpectedly take these data (without warning) which indeed have big value for the authors and anyone who could have made good use of them.
I always prefered (and praised) Google products, but now I feel betrayed...):
Looking forward to your "sentence" with my deepest worries.
The downside to a bulletin board? Google doesn’t host the web that it indexes, but it does host that instance of the geoweb known as the Google Earth Community. And this has already created plenty of friction, mostly with governments unhappy at the manner in which Google Earth Community members are annotating state “secrets” with merry abandon. This ultimate responsibility is a potential Achilles heel for Google, as discussed on Ogle Earth before, because Google’s international business interests could be held hostage locally by governments.
Maybe they just wanted to get rid of us because of all the ugly broken Photobucket links,
In case of diskusage: did anybody discus Googles willingness to part with the data? Albeit that they may have not forced us to consent with parting with our copyright enough for a GDPR aproved handover.
OgleEarth, Valery Hronusov, Thameen Darby, ... familiar names, I keep in my good memories! - thanks daarbennikweer for interesting link!
yep, there were signs much before; only to mention the case when sasroodkapje (Cees - my dear friend from Holland) went mad at Google and left the "sinking boat". (coincidence, he was famous about his worldwide shipwreck collection!) ... an unfriendly, hypocrite world we live in. - has anyone noticed, democracy has lost its meaning and dissolved in globalism, and that now money governs a simulated freedom in so called developed societies? also do not forget the bigger part of mankind - masses; billions of people living in fear and/or poverty all around the Globe! ...
...So no Googler let know that the database was deleted? Or perhaps just (purposefully) overseen in migration? ...
first quoted question of yours that has stuck in my mind, that whether Google had the right to do such? If yes; why was so necessary then to carry out those well-presented "save-your-data"- and "move-your-photos" campaigns before the G+ and Panoramio shutdowns? - why the GEC platform would be the only exception?
the one thing that is because I still dare to believe truth behind your second question... it takes too long anyways... at least to hear something for sure!