Well, I can say this much...I've seen a similar situation to what is happening here on ATS. Almost identical actually, and I was a member. (more on
this in a moment).
Site owners had become disillusioned, couldn't make it work financially and had their minds made up. In this case, the site did not sell, and it
crashed and burned...literally. One day, all of a sudden, you were just 404'd. Nothing. Darkness.
Much like ATS, the ownership did message the sinking ship ahead of time. And also much like ATS, there were numerous prominent members who gave all
sorts of suggestions, volunteered money...basically all the things we're doing here. There was a large user base which wanted to preserve the
website, somehow, but they didn't know how. Ultimately the forum bit the dust, hard. Full stop, lights out and pulled the plug.
One member who knew nothing about creating websites vowed to bring it back from the ashes. He was a very determined fella (to say the least). It was
pretty rocky at first, lots of turbulence and instability, but he did it! It took a couple tries, but he got it. It started off pretty weak, but the
members came back, and it has risen anew.
There are a couple differences from ATS, one good and one not so good (for us). First, there are people here on ATS who really do know how to stand
up a forum website (he didn't have this advantage). So that's a good thing. Now for the not so good part (which I said I'd come back to).
Ironically, the website was actually created originally by disgruntled members from another, much larger and much more powerful website (and let me
put it this way...they were so big they had a NASCAR racing team! We're talking BIG money here!) The subject matter was far different than ATS, but
one thing this particular member had going in his favor was, he was still a member in good standing on the larger website. Thus he could message
updates about what was happening about the reinvention of the alternate site which folded. Many of the members were on both sites. Communication is
key. And this part was obvious.
So, just a suggestion, and subject to moderator approval, maybe we set up a page right here on ATS were we discuss, in real terms, the standing down
of ATS as we know it and the rebirth of a new site...maybe it's even "ATS" (but all this would have to be negotiated of course). So let's explore for
a moment what this might look like (this discussion)…
First, I would propose it be established as a thread in RATS (or some other non-public space where members who are serious and owners can speak freely
Second, I would propose we need to establish some management structure (both technical and administrative).
Third, we would need to establish a dedicated transition team. This, to provide updates to both sides about real progress status, stumbling blocks,
challenges and successes.
These three teams would establish the technical approach, the business plan and the transition.
Forth, as always, there are going to be legal matters which will involve legal counsel(s). Corporations to be established, contracts to be signed,
rights to be transferred, etc. As much as this part is painful, it is a reality...and there's NO way around it.
We can get these discussions started right now, while we have at least some time.
ATS Ownership - You have a unique position in that you have some members who are seemingly actively interested in picking up ATS.
ATS Membership - We have to be serious. It's a serious time, and it requires more than words on a website. It requires real money, and real
commitment, not just talk.
So, what say you all? (Ownership and Membership) Are you game?
This would be my approach, and I am willing to at least attempt to get the discussion started.
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