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originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
originally posted by: Lucidparadox
Serious question... why are we to believe that a sale of the site would be a bad thing?
Obviously if there is a buyer they know about the site and have interest in it.
Maybe the buyers won't be right wing slanted like it seems the current owners are, that could be a plus.
So, this is actually a very good question.
Simply put, it would not be a problem at all. In fact, I think everyone (including the working group) would absolutely support the idea and have no objection (not that any objection would mean one iota anyway). If the new owners changed it for the worse, well, then that would be very unfortunate likely for everyone (the membership and them).
The challenge du jour is, to create a safety net in case that doesn't happen. And, given the sense of urgency expressed by management coupled with the financial hardships and the current economic climate makes this timeline very short indeed. This is the underpinning spirit behind the efforts of the working group.
More than just tangentially related though is the notion that a member consortium ownership will have a lot more control and flexibility for the direction of the website than some corporate conglomerate might allow. And further, just as noted above, the same paradigm applies if people don't like that direction. So, the benefits of that flexibility works to the advantage of the membership as a whole.
originally posted by: cirrus12
This is a big point surely, that there is just too much data on the site which requires such a large cost for hosting and storage. If the site was hugely slimmed down it would solve the issue of that huge cost? Or not?
I assume the 25k per month is just for that?
Makes more sense to trim the fat from the website than try in vain to raise the capital each month via ads which isn't so profitable right now?
Or am I missing more to this??
a reply to: Fallingdown
originally posted by: Fallingdown
Hundreds of thousands of individual accounts image librarys going back about 20 years are being carried (right term?) as data.