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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: 2) by gottabeme on Wednesday March 12 2014, @10:25AM

    by gottabeme (1531) on Wednesday March 12 2014, @10:25AM (#15150)

    I think it's worse than that: 7219&tid=8 []

    > Barrabas

    > I could easily walk away from the project with no regrets. Before SoylentNews, I liked my life *a lot* and would go back to it in a heartbeat. I wouldn't be like Hitler: a sad, broken man living out the rest of his life in South America, brooding over broken dreams.

    > If the crowd is *absolutely sure* they want to rush the machine guns, I'll quietly hand over the keys and retire. Nooooooo problem!

    I'm sorry, but after saying that, I don't think asking for reimbursement can be justified.

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  • (Score: 1) by Reziac on Wednesday March 12 2014, @02:21PM

    by Reziac (2489) on Wednesday March 12 2014, @02:21PM (#15274) Homepage

    Yeah, after reading a whole bunch more of the soap opera, I think "worse than that" is indeed the case. I've seen this sort of "take my toys and go home" before, and there's no cure for it but to eject the hoarder. :(

    And there is no Alkibiades to come back and save us from ourselves.