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posted by NCommander on Monday March 10 2014, @11:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the i-am-so-fucking-sick-of-this-drama dept.

Update: 10 March 2014 20:20 UTC. Follow here for the latest.

Update: 10 March 2014 19:10 UTC.

At this point Barrabas reports he is exchanging email with the buyer but refuses to say anything. Until we hear from them, we have to hope for the best but plan for the worst. If this link goes down, please go to the linode site where we will regroup. We will use that link as a fallback if necessary.

Update: 10 March 2014 18:30 UTC.

Barrabas reports in IRC he has received funds for the site and has sold the domain name. The terms of this sale, as well as its buyer, have not been disclosed. We await additional information. If you have information on this, please contact us at admin @ soylentnews . org

Update: 10 March 2014 16:30 UTC.

Due to NCommander's personal involvement with the situation he is recusing himself from negotiations. I (Mattie_p) am currently working with the staff to figure out how to address this incident. We have posted a poll which is available and should show up shortly on the front page.

Original text:

We've been held hostage by John:

Working with NCommander
Am I The Bad Guy

Right now, I can't write a coherent response properly (I'm writing this from a Mac Store right now as some sort of response was necessary). Despite John's offer, we never used the Linode's he purchased for hosting slash, and the two services (forums and wiki) that were hosted on them were migrated. I had hoped that this would have been a private issue between me and John, to be handed by email with a proper agreement, but the site itself is now at risk.

Right now, I'm organizing a response with out staff now, but I won't be home for several hours so MrBluze is currently handling the crisis. He can hand off to mattie_p when he returns, or myself when I have proper net access again. John's offer does not reflect myself or any of the staff here, nor does he have what he says he has. The web server, dev server (fusion forge), and database were always hosted on Linode's on my personal account. John DID have access to the Linode account which was revoked when he left staff, but to my knowledge never had the root password or shell accounts on any of the boxes. That access was revoked. It is possible he has a copy of the database, I do not know for sure. He does not at this moment have access to any of the hardware powering the site. He does however control the DNS register and can possibly yank the site from under us. If that happens, I can send a mass email to every user account to inform them of what happened, and where we are now. We supposedly have until Friday until John drops everything in the trash unless someone pays him $2000 USD. As per the posts, I was willing to pay him, but I had some issue with the expenses as written (my emails are genuine, as is the email I received from John), but I'm currently in Asia, and have no practical way to send him a check until I return to the continental United States on Sunday; I informed John of this on IRC originally.

We're currently in scramble mode to try and organize a new name, and getting migrated as soon as possible. I was serious when I said I was done with the drama but it appears John isn't. I'm personally sorry to have to inflict this on the community, and if you wish to leave us, I shall not blame you in the slightest.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Lagg on Monday March 10 2014, @12:31PM

    by Lagg (105) on Monday March 10 2014, @12:31PM (#13881) Homepage Journal
    You seemed like a pretty cool guy. So I will give you benefit of the doubt here and hope that what you said isn't as asshatish as this post makes it out to be. But come on John. Literally thousands of people are happy here. This has a good chance of totally replacing slashdot. Why would you want to ruin that? You've probably already damaged the image of it. People are not going to want to join and contribute to a site that'll disappear tomorrow. Please tell me there's another side of the story and you're not just being a bastard. Please.
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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by VLM on Monday March 10 2014, @08:05PM

    by VLM (445) on Monday March 10 2014, @08:05PM (#14228)

    "Please tell me there's another side of the story"

    Well lets think this thru here, if we know for certain we're absolutely positively only hearing one side of the story, then maybe, just maybe, another perspective exists? Possibly?

    I could swing the two grand and I considered performing an epic legendary troll by buying it and pointing it to /. beta for like 15 minutes, just for the LOLz. The difference between a guy with a bad sense of humor vs evil is I'd only do it for the LOLz and switch it right back. I'm already too late and a bunch of other folks whom I have either positive or no opinion of already volunteered to buy so its too late for me. There's an old legend (true, actually) about a guy who goatse'd tens of thousands of myspace users, truly mythological epic, and I would raise myself into the pantheon of the internet gods by beta'ing soylent, even if only for 15 minutes. Like, astrologers and astronomers would re-arrange the stellar constellations to put by initials up there as a constellation if I pulled that troll off.

    • (Score: 1) by zafiro17 on Monday March 10 2014, @10:52PM

      by zafiro17 (234) on Monday March 10 2014, @10:52PM (#14338) Homepage

      +1 fucking AWESOME idea. Best potential troll ever. It would make OMG Ponies look like childs' play. Alas, ...

      Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis - Jack Handey