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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 Soylentnews.org 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 li694-22.members.linode.com 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

~mattie_p

 
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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by willie3204 on Monday March 10 2014, @11:10PM

    by willie3204 (826) on Monday March 10 2014, @11:10PM (#14355)

    he holdup is that the business plan hasn't been set yet and thus could get into some legal snafu if they started blindly accepting money

    this this and THIS.
    You said it better than i did in my original post. What's the business plan guys? Just because you do not plan on having a for profit LLC doesnt mean you shouldnt elect a board with official roles, take minutes (not just blog posts?), establish revenue streams (community or otherwise we'd like to know), and all the other essential things long term organizations do when they first are established. Since the guy in charge (or who owned everything??) is now gone, fire up whatever knowledge you've gleaned from work (or hell a fraternity) and start managing it like a real org. It'll breed a ton of confidence in the "community"

    And ya.. I'm not volunteering any time or knowledge myself nor do I care to.. I'm leaching but I just want you guys to be successful long term! This is important.

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