Sudden Closure of Weblogs.com Strands Bloggers: Three thousand blogs hosted at weblogs.com have gone offline because Dave Winer decided to shut the server down.
…some users protested that they had no warning of the shutdown, and thus were unable to download copies of their sites, including user comments. Winer said he will export a site’s content if its owner makes a specific request, but would not do so before July 1.
Dave provided free hosting to all these people, which is great, so he really owed them nothing. However, I think perhaps a little notice would have made things easier for these folks.