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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: 4, Informative) by hybristic on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:19AM

    by hybristic (10) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:19AM (#14429) Journal

    While I agree with you completely, where I see this differ is that a large majority of the people who actually got this site up and running are still around. Barrabas absolutely got everyone together, but I distinctly remember NCommander buying up the Linodes this site is currently on out of his own pocket, and all the technical work was done by himself and a few others, not Barrabas. Also, I don't think this was a couple of weeks to drive out the new leader. As someone that can speak to how the team was working before launch, Barrabas was the leader, but everyone took orders from NCommander. I know that the people I was working with are still there, minus zford. So I honestly don't think that its a serious concern that others will walk away from this project on a whim. I think this is more about dust settling.

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  • (Score: 1) by willie3204 on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:31AM

    by willie3204 (826) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:31AM (#14434)

    This site is not in need of a bunch of techies to maintain slashcode in order to make it successful long term. It needs a vision and a someone (or group) of people to execute whatever it is we're trying to do here. There has to be SOME leadership.

    Having those original guys who put the site up is good but without any organization or means of maintaining long term support (money) we'll be on another new slashdot community soon...

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by hybristic on Tuesday March 11 2014, @03:18AM

      by hybristic (10) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @03:18AM (#14450) Journal

      I agree with you. I was simply pointing out that this might not be an issue with leadership as a whole, as in no one can lead, and no one is willing to be lead. Just that this leader was probably on his way out in the end, even if no one saw it initially. The dust from launch is finally settling, and now we see where the pieces landed. So now it's up to someone to step up and take charge with what they have. I don't know if anyone is up to the task, but I don't think that people need to be worried about getting forced out over petty issues which the GP was implying. I found the team to be competent and easy to work with for the most part, so if someone competent takes the reigns, I don't forsee any additional fallouts like this one. I could be wrong, my insights are not as up to date as they once were.

      • (Score: 1) by willie3204 on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:50PM

        by willie3204 (826) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:50PM (#14666)

        I hope you're right, hybristic. I also would like to make this my new home.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by naubol on Tuesday March 11 2014, @03:58AM

      by naubol (1918) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @03:58AM (#14473)

      What I so dislike about your post is the implicit assumption that techies cannot have vision or possess leadership. There is also the assumption that this doesn't represent SN becoming more organized internally. If there was a split focus between power blocs, eliminating one might bring about the very results you are looking for.

      • (Score: 1) by willie3204 on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:55PM

        by willie3204 (826) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:55PM (#14675)

        That's true and you're right naubol. I'm not saying techies cant have vision rather with so many techies worried about tech (ubuntu vs centos, really?) while the walls are crumbling around them it makes me wonder what exactly that vision is...

        It would be nice if a leader or leaders were chosen quickly to get some confidence back.

        • (Score: 1) by naubol on Tuesday March 11 2014, @05:28PM

          by naubol (1918) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @05:28PM (#14714)

          Ahh, I get more where you were coming from. I am also concerned with where this site is going, because I want so very much for it to succeed. I am willing to give NCommander time to see if he can pull it off, because I found his emails to be calmer in tone (even though he cussed and Barrabas didn't) and more focused on the things I would care about from the site.

          I think I interpreted that issue differently. NCommander's complaints do not seem directed so much at the OS issue but rather at the lack of communication. So, I think it is easy to say the instigating event was about which OS to choose for running the site, but his email seems to focus on the lack of discussion, mediation, and consensus building for which he was looking.