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Re: Sailnet has new owners

I agree about the avatar picture. Maybe a gray warship like Phil Herring uses over on sailboatowners.com. Small world but maybe you are him? If so, and if not, welcome.

I also agree with MiataPaul that the store search engine does not work so well. Maybe that is not of your concern.
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It's the members who create the content that attracts the members. Attracting members who keep coming back drives advertising income.

Taking that further, vBulletin costs a few hundred dollars. Putting it on a website costs a few thousand dollars for a dedicated server per year. So the hard assets of the company are almost worthless. The real value, quite obviously, is all of us, right?

So yeah, I think there is a claim that it is all of our business. Why would they hide it? Why would a moderator be so defensive about it? Did they receive compensation?
Yeah - no. It's their business.

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Re: Sailnet has new owners

Funny, by the way the question was phrased, I thought svmeanderer was a bot.

To his point about all of us being the real value here, that's not entirely true. People come and go at their own will. We see it all the time. The real value here is the sense of community and cameraderie. Even if we don't all get along all the time, the site continues on and (almost) everyone is glad to be a part of it. How does that happen? The mods and the rules they enforce. They are the reason the site has flourished, and they are the reason the site could have any real value as an ongoing concern (as opposed to, as Smack pointed out, the incredibly valuable articles section and the vast storehouse of knowledge in the archived threads). If the mods received compensation as part of the deal, then I'd be THRILLED for them! Donna, Ron, Andrew, Brian, Jeff, and anyone else I've forgotten do a great job and deserve to be compensated for the time, effort, and energy they put into making the site what it is.

More fundamentally, it is exceedingly rare for ANY privately-held company to disclose anything about its transactions (either buying or selling). Hell, I'm impressed that a) they told us at all about the ownership change, and b) that the new owner has personally taken his time to chat with us.
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Welcome Phil.
I have been here a few years and contribute when I can. I think this is a premier sailing site where everyone can contribute and learn. The posting needs a few tweaks especially in posting photos and videos. Not sure this can be done but there has to be a way to mine all the data from old threads in a reliable search engine and re-goup them into one.
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Thank you for those kind words, Jim.

Full disclosure about compensation: When I became a mod I did receive a free SailNet t-shirt and burgee.
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That was a burgee???? Crap, I thought it was a loin cloth! Did feel a little rough on the beach. But I got a lot of looks.
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Thank you for those kind words, Jim.

Full disclosure about compensation: When I became a mod I did receive a free SailNet t-shirt and burgee.
What???? I never got a T shirt!

Yes, thanks Jim.. appreciate that.
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That was a burgee???? Crap, I thought it was a loin cloth! Did feel a little rough on the beach. But I got a lot of looks.
Remember that time a few years ago when we went through a lull in membership? Now we know why, Steve scared away a lot of new members.
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What???? I never got a T shirt!
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We were in a recession then. Things were tight.
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