The Fall of BrainDen was a period of time between January and May 2012 when BrainDen was down. The Fall not only affected patrons of the site, but MafiaManiac's flow of new players through the Trainer's Manual Mafias program.
Brainden went down in late January and came back on April 27, 2012 (however, there were still problems with the server); it finally came back for good on May 2nd, 2012.
A message from BrainDen's admin:
this is rookie1ja, admin of BrainDen Brain Teasers Forums. Note that the forums were not available since January 2012 up till now (April 27) due to severe physical disk damage. Since then I was trying to retrieve as much info as possible.
Hosting provider, external data recovery firm and forum helpdesk were all trying to help, however, the process was long and only small steps were being made. After months of chasing, refusing insufficient data, insisting on giving it second/third and many other tries we have started to get more and more. To cut the long story short, external data recovery firm (and hosting provider) got more data out of the disk after I did not accept what they delivered the first time and forum helpdesk were real magicians to get that minimum to work somehow.
The forum is more or less working.
Not all could have been rescued. You may notice several issues:
1. all forum titles are lost (fortunately posts in them should be OK)
2. all threads are in single forum section "New Logic/Math Puzzles" (WIKI NOTE: This problem has been resolved)
3. all members who have not posted might be lost
4. all other members are probably existing but their email is lost and there might be issues with log in