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Re: Sailnet has new owners
With all due respect, SailNet has existed for approximately 20 years now and has had several owners. On and off, I have been a moderator here, for most of that time. I have virtually known some of the owners pretty well, and others well enough to get a sense of why they created and maintained SailNet.
From its very inception, we moderators were told that SailNet's existence was a side benefit of other businesses, meaning it never has been a cash cow. The original owners were quite up front that they wanted SailNet to be the virtual equivellent of a Sailing Club social hour. They wanted it to be a family friendly place where sailors of all experience could come and safely discuss sailing related topics. The Off-Topic portion of the site was created when it became impossible to moderate all of the twists and turns of these near religious debates on various non-sailing related esoteric. The existence of Off Topic remains somewhat controversial even amoungst us Moderators.
At various times its been clear that SailNet subsidized its existence with advertising revenues, by directing business to its marine supply and sail loft connections, and at one time by selling online listings of boats and gear (very cheaply by the way).
My fellow moderators; TDW, Faster, DrFerron and myself, serve gratis because we think that SailNet serves a useful purpose to the sport we love and because we enjoy being a part of this virtual community. Its not hard work, but it does take time and effort to do what we do.
We have no idea why the prior owners chose to sell, or the current owners chose to buy SailNet. Frankly, I personally don't care. I am grateful that the prior owners chose to maintain this site with servers, softwares, a webmaster and such, and placed their trust in us moderators to keep the gestalt of the place at an acceptable tone, and that those owners chose to provide these services free of charge to the members. I am grateful that the new owners chose to buy SailNet and take at face value, and appreciate their stated intent to keep the place basically as it is, and not to start charging members or make wholesale changes.
And that is more than enough for me.
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Last edited by Jeff_H; 12-04-2013 at 04:06 PM.