So, I think I owe this community an update.
The other night I was trying to be useful and install a web log analyzer program. I got frustrated and was deleting the director it was in and starting over, by typing "rm -rf /usr/local/awstats" rm is delete (remove), -r means recursive so it will remove the directory contents and the contents of the directories in them (so on and so fourth), and -f forces it to do this as it complains when deleting directories with stuff in them. Somehow, a space found its way in there so what I typed was really, "rm -rf /usr /local/awstats" and it did exactly as I told it to: it started deleting /usr. First it ate /usr/bin and then it ate /usr/sbin before I realized the command was taking too long to just be deleting one small directory and stopped it.
So, what's in those directories? Imagine if you deleted all of the "Program Files" directory under Windows. All programs that aren't part of the base system were deleted. No one's personal files are there. In fact, no one except me should even be able to touch /usr for the most part. You can read/execute programs there, but only I have write access. Some programs, such as apache (the web server) and postfix (the mail agent) are still running in memory. They only work because they are loaded into memory and I never stopped them. Others (like Pine) work because they weren't in /usr/bin. I've restored some programs that are essential like ssh, scp, etc., but restoring the hundreds of little things I use to keep the server running optimally is a huge pain. I'd basically have to reinstall the system to do it well.
So here's what I'm going to do. For now, all of your mail should be getting there. You can check it using Pine (web mail shouldn't work, but I'll poke at it a bit to see if it's a quick fix). Your web pages should be just fine, including gallery. I will back up everything in your home directories and in your web page directories. Next weekend, in exchange for finally cleaning my room, my father is going to give me a very very fast (think 2-4 times faster than the current server) brand new mini-computer. I will probably put my 200 GB drive in it, reinstall the OS, restore your files and accounts, contact you with new passwords (since changing such things is good) and you will change them to new ones, and life will go on better than before.
Now, if there's anything other than web mail broken for the next week, let me know and I'll restore that as well. Web and mail will continue to work with only a few minute break when I change the IP address from the old machine to the new (hopefully). Aside from web mail being broken, this shouldn't affect you. I just want to keep you in the know.
Oh, and I'll try to take pictures of the cute and shiny new machine.