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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: 3, Insightful) by BradTheGeek on Tuesday March 11 2014, @01:05AM

    by BradTheGeek (450) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @01:05AM (#14402)

    I have been slightly here (more or less) depending on time constraints since day one. When the fuck beta explosion happened I finally saw happening what I had envisioned for a while, and that was a splintering of slashdot. I wanted to be part of a new community, that was TRULY community driven. It is in my opinion the overly commercial nature of Dice that broke the community. That is why we 'mostly' did not want to drive this site down a similar path, and I concur with this.

    If fact I was most in favor of a wikipedia/donation model rather than ant corporate/advertising/tracking interest having a say in editorial direction, design, etc and still am.

    Regardless, when this all started, my brain excreted what I thought was a unique and unique name for the new community, and I registered that domain. Early on in the process I offered it to the John as an entry into whatever name we decided to keep. It never happened. There was some concern that it may be subject to trademark suits, however spurious and I for one would not want that to bring our fledgling community down. I hat that we are suffering such shit so early in our existence, but the domain I own is still offered to the community.

    I will own it and sign an binding agreement not to sell it, or transfer it to a legal organization whose aims align with the community's as a whole. How exactly that would work out would need to be discussed.

    Mattie_p et al, the name is here if it needs to be used.

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  • (Score: 1) by blackpaw on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:19AM

    by blackpaw (2554) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:19AM (#14430) Journal

    New gay star trek porn? its one way to get more female scifi fans on site.

  • (Score: 2) by gottabeme on Wednesday March 12 2014, @10:48AM

    by gottabeme (1531) on Wednesday March 12 2014, @10:48AM (#15159)

    Interestingly, it could also be pronounced "news lash", which sort of makes sense.