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posted by mattie_p on Monday March 10 2014, @07:47PM   Printer-friendly
from the always-backup-your-website dept.

Update: The staff is in conversation with the buyer right now. More to follow, but at this point it looks to be a benevolent benefactor from the community. More to follow as we get it.

SoylentNews community:

As you know, there is not a lot of information available right now. Barrabas reports that he has sold the and associated domain names, and successfully transferred them, but neither the buyer's name nor the terms of that sale have been disclosed. As spokesperson for the staff of the site during this time, we would like everyone to know the following:

Our current backup plan is to revert to the where the site is actually hosted. If we need to go there for any reason, we will try to notify the site in advance. If it has to go down or we are forced down, we'll be there. We will rebuild the database with some downtime and work from there.

We will send out a mass email to all users from the database informing them of this step should we need to do so.

We do not plan to implement this yet. We (the staff) did not advocate the buyout, but will try and work with the buyer if possible. We do not know the terms on which the domain name was sold.

We the staff will still operate the site, in its current condition on linode, until the community can vote on a new name. Depending on the buyer, we hope we can consider keeping the name the same as an option.

Until we know more information, we would like everyone to remain calm, collected, and civil, while we sort through these issues. Thank you


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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by dcollins on Monday March 10 2014, @09:38PM

    by dcollins (1168) on Monday March 10 2014, @09:38PM (#14302) Homepage

    "And the real beef is that I had to get away from these people."

    The even more-real beef is that you demanded getting paid off first. Getting away from these people came in a distant second to that priority, eh? (Hint: I have walked away from groups and investments like this by saying "keep everything you've got, I want nothing but a clean break".)

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 10 2014, @10:02PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 10 2014, @10:02PM (#14318)

    I don't think that's a fair way to put it. The payment is a reimbursement for Barrabas' startup expenses (server rental, etc.). Supposedly he paid 1 year ahead, and I expect he has the receipts. He made the 1 year commitment, but obviously doesn't need the servers without the website. IRC logs were posted where the new leader agreed to take over "the startup costs" together with the leadership position. Afterwards the new boss realized that he doesn't need the particular server configuration that was rented. Seems like buyer's remorse, and he decided not honor the agreement, claiming that the old boss was holding the site hostage. Technically that's true, but also understandable given that the agreement was to transfer leadership and expenses together.

    It's amusing that the expenses include an mp3 player that was a "gift" from the old to the new boss.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 10 2014, @10:38PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 10 2014, @10:38PM (#14329)

      He wasn't going to be "not paid" but was queried because things were unclear and there needs to be accountability, but this provoked an escalation and this cynical sale at a profit. This is not about the money, this is about ensuring the project doesn't succeed without a yoke around its neck. Bad bad.