Does anyone have any information about emergency contacts at Posterous (or someone at Twitter who is minding the Posterous store) for an online app problem that is creating a security breach for a class I'm teaching?
Long story short...a course I'm teaching has a semi-online learning format and I've been experimenting with using Posterous during the last year to accept team assignments and give feedback. This allows students to see the comments I'm making on other teams' submissions and that is a GOOD thing. That is necessary to the needs of the class. The blog itself was set up as a private blog and we've not had past problems with that.
A little over two weeks ago, another instructor and I would post comments on submissions and they would disappear within 24 hours or so. Not consistently or across all posts, just some. Occasionally I would have to re-comment on the very same post up to 3-4 times. I've been traveling so at the same time I've been trying to figure out what is happening while also scrounging around for a decent internet connection.
Last night, my co-instructor checked her Posterous profile page based on a tip of given to her by one of the students. It seems that our comments are being moved to random posts at other blogs that we have never visited before. I checked my profile this morning and, yes, that is exactly what is happening. If you look at this picture, you can see that my comments are listed, but they have been moved to other posts at other blogs.
This is not only happening to the class blog. I submitted a test comment at a separate PUBLIC blog (the first one there on the list that says "this is a comment" and by this morning it had been moved to a completely different public blog called "Live Streaming New Jersey Devils"...what?)
This is beyond frustrating and I'm trying to find someone, ANYONE, at Posterous who will respond about if and how this can be corrected. They were just sold to Twitter, so it seems as if they might have just abandoned ship over there.
There are 3 weeks left of class. I will probably have to scramble and figure out a way for teams to submit and comment on each others' assignments if Twitter/Posterous doesn't help me fix this. Which, that is the risk you take when experimenting with new tech that is free, I know. But being on road has also been inhibiting my ability to research an alternate, quick solution and I'm frustrated.