choices on an endgame..
by, 18-08-12 at 19:48 (1167 Views)
Sorry to dive straight in but there's a wee problem with a tiny corner of the internet I've lived in for the last decade or so. It's that bike forum I expect I mentioned & it's fallen foul of google adsense which it relies on for most of it's funding. I expect in your line you'll know all about this but Google's auto systems have detected something they don't like & pulled out. Despite their draconian & instant attempts at compliance & investigation G are not even acknowledging comms, let alone discussing it. Telling them exactly what it is is way too much to ask for. This seems to their common practice. So that's sort of it.
This is of course part of a much larger & rather hideous issue, pointing perhaps to the USA & it's intention to be the arbiter & police of all things www Google of course being an American registered company, but for now that's incidental.
What would be nice is to have things back as they were. I don't think that is going to happen.
The alternatives are to source hosting & other revenue streams so it could at least sustain itself. I don't know what costs etc are involved. There's enough IT bods on that site to be able to build our own server for bog all. Hell-I've half a wardrobe I could stick a 5 foot rack in & it's got a Cat5 cable in it already (my NAS server lives in it), enough nouse to learn whatever language or software needed, enough about hardware to help build it, but our own connection is <0.5M.
At the end of the day it isn't much of a hill of beans. No-one's died, hurt, life changed. I'm not sure the man who runs it even likes me either! And in some ways I'm a little tired of it now. In others I've only really over the last 2 years used it for what it was all (2 sites ago) initially set up for, which was a way for early adopters in the post bulletin board days to arrange their own rideouts (& social stuff). I've had some cracking rides in the Dales-just come back from one last month with an ex-police instructor. And the repository of information on there is just staggering. It could be a money maker for someone. What it hasn't been is grown. That's partially why I'm a bit tired of it. I know the online personas so well that I know what they're going to say on most subjects. Some of the more interesting characters have left. There ain't much in the way of new sign ups. I'd say it's stale.
Any immediate thoughts on this please? Could it self-sustain? Is it worth me getting stuck in??
Hope all fine & dandy with you & yours. Next time bring the family hey? There's 2 utterly top notch show pups we've kept from the last litter now 9 weeks. It was never quite supposed to be a show litter but for some reason we've done it again. One day we'll have a litter of pets, keep none & pay back some of the debts. Hell of a way to live.