Well, after all the fuss today, Wordle is back up and running. No details from the owner, Jonathan Feinberg as to what is going on. He's also made it clear that he won't accept any money for any purpose, so there's no point in pledging any money - I'll take down the pledge bank later.
The point of all of this of course is - don't rely on any product. While it's great to use, and fun to have out there, if you base class lessons on it, or make it an integral part of what you do, you're living dangerously. There's no saying when a resource will close, fold, be taken down or otherwise disappear. I've read some interesting tweets about how we shouldn't seek alternatives, and should stick with Wordle. I'm afraid that this is very shortsighted, unrealistic and a quite naive viewpoint.
If you're not paying for a product, however good it is, you haven't bought into it, you can't 'own' it in any way, and the owner of the resource can do pretty much what they want with it, irrespective of how many people out there like it. You have a job to do, and you DO have a relationship with your employer and/or your clients. They must always come first, and any 'touchy feely' emotions you may have about a product have to come second.
It's one of the key elements of Web 2.0 and one that I always try and stress - there's no loyalty (either way) with these resources. Use it, and move on. Or at least be prepared to move on. Always have a backup solution available - and if you check out my previous weblog entry 'Wordle closed - some alternatives' you'll see that there are some excellent alternatives to Wordle that you should play with.
So - it's great that Wordle is back, and take it as a lesson - have a backup plan, don't rely on any product and seek alternatives.