In response to a member reporting issues (not even a stealth announcement much less a sitewide thing):
"message 7: by Kara, Director, Customer Care (new)
Hey all, we're doing some maintenance on the import/export feature in the next few days because the feature has been slowing down the site. It should be up again soon! "
I'm curious how much export activity has been from members leaving goodreads and deleting/exporting books, partially leaving goodreads and mirroring to other sites, kindle users importing books from other sites in anticipation of getting integrated kindle — or how often current members who heard of megathread announcement making their content not safe and/or who have had weird glitches of odd books/ratings added/removed are contantly backing up data even if not planning on leaving?
I'm not sure I'm that suspicious it's a some evil amazon overlord plot to make sure books and their reviews stay put for kindle holiday purchases — between all the data glitches they've been having and how likely the import/export feature has seen heavy usage, maybe that's all it is. I'm not sure how shutting down the feature will fix anything though.
At least they're not blaming the booklikes sync this time for their problems (weeks after goodreads disabled that and even though i did not sync booklikes to goodreads, they tried to tell me in a support email that a just randomly added bunch of books and ratings that added themselves to my books on goodreads was happening to lots of members because of third party api's like booklikes…)