PBworks Spring Cleaning: Reclaiming idle workspaces May 15

This May, PBworks celebrates its 8th birthday.  We have thousands and thousands of workspaces dating back to 2005, many of which have lain idle for years.  The problem with these idle workspaces is that they take up a lot of valuable URLs without doing either us (PBworks) or their creators any good.

That’s why PBworks is doing a little spring cleaning to prepare for our birthday.  On May 15, 2013, we are going to reclaim any workspaces that haven’t been changed (page edited, comment made, file uploaded) since May 15, 2012.  In other words, if a workspace has been inactive for more than a year, we’re considering it abandoned, and will reclaim it and delete the data.

Reclaiming these idle workspaces will free up thousands of potentially useful URLs for people who will actually put them to use.  This won’t affect our paying customers (though we’ve checked–no one who is paying us has left their workspace/network idle for an entire year!) or anyone who has actually used PBworks since the middle of 2012.

If you have any old workspaces you’d like to keep, all you have to do is log in to them!  We’ll know you’re still getting value from them, and they won’t be reclaimed.  We’ll also post warnings on your workspaces prior to the reclamation date, so if you don’t see any warnings, your workspace is safe.

Published by Chris Yeh

Chris has been building Internet businesses since 1995. He has been a founder, founding employee, or seed investor in almost a dozen startups, including PBworks, and advises a wide array of startups ranging from network equipment makers to vertical search engines. He liked his investment in PBworks so much, he decided to join the company. Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

22 thoughts on “PBworks Spring Cleaning: Reclaiming idle workspaces May 15

  1. I tend not to drop a bunch of remarks, but i did some searching
    and wound up here PBworks Spring Cleaning: Reclaiming
    idle workspaces May 15 | PBworks Official Blog.
    And I actually do have some questions for you if it’s allright.
    Could it be only me or does it appear like a few of these comments look like they are coming from brain dead people?
    😛 And, if you are posting at additional online sites, I’d like to keep up
    with anything new you have to post. Would you make a list of the complete urls
    of all your community sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin

  2. I have some old workspaces I’d like to keep..I TRIED to log in to them with no success. Please help me . Error is the only sign I get.

  3. Isn’t there a risk that setting some “idle” URLs free leads to some confusion (I mean trying an old URL thinking it leads to some people’s workspace and then it belongs to someone else but with no obvious way to know that the owner has changed) in general ?

  4. I did not intend to stay away for long but unforseing circumstances compelled me to do so. It is a pleasure for me to get back to business with PBWORKS. I wish to remain active henceforth. Please accord me the needed support.

  5. STOP Giving People’s Work Space Away. I Created Teachnow and Safteenet They Are My OWN personal URL’s share on wiki. Payment or compensation is required before someone can use or request to take over my URL’s. Eva Pratt

  6. I have been a pbworks evangelist for over 6 years, using it with my students and fellow teachers on ESL courses. I LOVE pbworks!
    I find it incredible that I am allowed to create so many spaces.
    Last time, I missed the spring clean warning because I had changed email address and I found some wikis in my livebinder had disappeared 😦
    I ‘m on the ball this time and Walt to THANK pbworks for checking that a space really is obselete before deleting it

  7. Dear PBWorks,

    I have used your excellent platform to put together wikis for a couple of wikis for academic purposes and a couple for family issues. In the recent past, PBWorks has reclaimed one in each category in spite of the fact that I proceeded as the email message indicated I should do.

    I am worried that my workspace called “usbidest” will be reclaimed. It was a big effort to put it together in collaboration with other colleagues in my department. Now it’s going to be reclaimed. I don’t doubt my younger colleagues may not have been using it as they could, but I wouldn’t like all our effort to go down the drain.

    Would you please, please, please not reclaim this workspace?

    Thank you very much.

  8. I don’t usually get involved in this type of thing, but feel compelled. The lady that very coldly and disrespectfully demanded that her workspace not be taken because it belongs to her, is incorrect in my opinion. Nothing in life is free even though that word is thrown around very easily. This person should be grateful that she is being allowed this space and being given the opportunity to continue to use it.

  9. I want my space back. I didn’t see the warning email. I use my wiki every year around this time to communicate to my family for Christmas. You’ve deleted all of the historical data. If you bothered to look at my usage you would see that I use the space yearly. for the holidays. I am very upset!!! I am swearing at my computer screen!!!

    1. Have you tried contacting Customer Support? There is a brief period after deletion where we can still reverse the process.

  10. TopropeTechs and MidwestClimbing can be deleted. I have copied what I wanted to my TheNeedles Page. Which I do want to keep. Thank you!

  11. I missed the reminder email. I had my site for almost 10 years. I used that to organize my research group. I don’t use it that much now. But everything is now gone since I didn’t have a backup. 😦

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