Today I learned: About the fall of an admin.
A coworker shared this story and it touched me. The story is told very quickly: An admin, which ran three Mastodon instances suffered a total loss of data on all three instances. Why? Because essentially they had backups, but never tested them. The story is a little more complex, but that is not the point of my writing.
I share this, because the last words of the announcement get me.
"Being an admin has been one of the most fulfilling things I have done in a long time, and you all have made it such an amazing experience. However, I need to take a step back."
I feel this to the very essence of my self. I am an admin by trade and by heart and data loss is one of the most crippling feelings there is in this profession. No matter if it is your very own data, your company's, customer's or that of your friends and family. Knowing you lost data is terrible, having to tell this your boss, client, a friend or a family member is even worse.
What I am trying to say is this: