Record of events, transactions, or observations kept daily or at frequent intervals; especially a daily record of personal activities, reflections, or feelings. Written primarily for the writer's use alone, the personal diary usually offers a frankness not found in writing done for publication. The diary form, which began to flower in the late Renaissance, is important as a record of social and political history. The most famous diary in English is that of Samuel Pepys. Other notable journals include those of John Evelyn, Jonathan Swift, Fanny Burney, James Boswell, André Gide, and Virginia Woolf.
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When signups came back online in March 2003, they contained a roadblock which required users to wait a minimum of 12 hours before their accounts were activated. This functionality was created specifically to weed out people who were not interested in actually maintaining a journal (e.g., those users who were really looking for a blog host).
As of 2005, the site hosted approximately 120,000 journals, of which roughly 8,000 were being actively maintained.
In February 2006, the main drive on which the diaries were saved failed, and the sole proprietor of the site sent the drive for data recovery. On February 24, 2006, it was announced that the drive was irrevocably damaged and all data was indeed lost. The owner stated that rather than try to resurrect the site, it would be formally closed down as of March 31, 2006.
As of March 2006, a community project, called Codexed, is underway to construct a site which combines the features popularized by Diary-X (using its original codebase as a launching point), with more modern features popular on other services. This community project is made up of a core team of one administrator, five department leads, and one project co-ordinator, as well as a large number of community contributors. The administrator of Diary-X plans to contribute to the new project, but will not be involved in the administration.
Former Diary-X users refer to themselves as Diary-Xers or dxers.