This just happened to me.
So, there’s this story that I’ve been working on since 2005, on and off. For some reason, every four years or so, I come back to it and add more scenes or chapters. I even had this private forum where I’d write each scene directly into a post. I started planning it in 2005 but didn’t actually write the story until 2009. But in 2012, I made a lot of changes, and wrote over 30 chapters. In 2016 or '17, I wrote a few more, so I’ve written about 40 chapters in all.
Well, not too long ago, maybe in July, I wanted to re-read my story and maybe even rewrite it. But when typing the URL into my browser, I got a nasty surprise.
That forum (and the whole forum provider service) no longer exists.
So, basically, that’s fifteen years of lost progress. FIFTEEN.
I’m trying to recover it using the Wayback Machine search engine, and I have managed to recover some parts of it; but it doesn’t let me see any of the 2012 and beyond changes. It’s only showing me results from 2009.
Needless to say, I’m pretty sad and disappointed about that, because I wrote some of my best scenes in 2012. However, I have decided to rewrite it and make the best version possible, and today I started making an outline of the story.
Has this ever happened to anyone else?