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wetalknation.net ?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by dutchbb, Nov 3, 2010.

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  1. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    I saw that it's closed and I've read the reasons for it on Floris' blog. I'm sure he has thought long about it and I can even understand the reasons.

    But why not sell it or just assign a new administrator if money is of no interest? It seemed to me it was a pretty active community and had potential for moneytizing if needed.

    It seems just like a waste to me to not do something with it. And this is no critique or anything, just an opinion.

    I could not find a thread about this, and if this thread is unwanted then please let me know. And BTW Floris if you read this; thanks for all the time and effort you have put in the forum communities, maybe people haven't expressed that enough...
  2. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Yep, it is sad to see them just go away after so much work and so many years. Perhaps you should address Floris with your concerns.
  3. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear it closed, Floris...you had a good run.
  4. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Hmmm ... to me that reads like someone who's quite simply come to the decision that enough is enough. A hard one by the looks of things.

    Floris - are you stepping out of the 'scene' completely, or just taking it easy for a while and playing around the edges instead - with the added bonus of the pressue now being off you of course?

    Shaun :D
  5. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Mah who cares. I've spend ten years on it and it feels like it only is at 25% of what I want it to be. It was discussed the summer to close it or not. But who cares .. it's just a web site.

    I don't want to sell it, I turned down the offers I received this year.
    And I don't think I will be happy when I see other admins run it, and not do it the way how I want to do it.

    Thanks for the feedback dutchbb.
  6. Floris

    Floris Guest

    XenFans will continue, nothing changes there. And I will keep my blog.

    I just don't give a **** right about now. I tried taking a step back but that doesn't stop the trolls, the spammers or the abusive people. But it does stop the posts made by real people. So I am just out.

    I made a site because I want to run a site. Not to monetize it, etc. I am in it for the community and I didn't feel it was what I wanted anymore. It's all changed too much, or I have changed.

    Time to move on, I've also quite my position on the site where I have the 45k posts, and waiting for the admins to come online for the sites I admin for them - so I can let them know they have to find someone else.

    I hate to say never again, but only time will tell. And the moment I don't feel like wasting my time. But I feel really bad for those who were invested in the community. It was a hard decision, as easy as it was to change it to die(closed.html).
  7. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear that Floris.
    Everything you decide, it should be about your personal life, health, choice, hobby, family first and foremost.

    If the passion is no longer there, and it's no longer making sense financially, it's wise decision.

    I don't know much about wetalknation but I do remember using your IRC channel back in the days ;)

    You had a good run.
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  8. Floris

    Floris Guest

    The vbirc.com network and stuff is still there. Just closed the other 25 web sites.
  9. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    Running one website is a great undertaking. Running 25+ sites will no doubt affect your life, your health, your finance.

    Best of luck to you, Floris.
  10. random

    random Active Member

    25+ forums is something simply impossible to manage without affecting your life... merging all of them in an unique forum (wetalknation.net) was a smart decision. But if you want to close it then it's OK (sorry to hear about that). It appears that it was an active community a few years ago but ultimately it was dead.

    Good luck! It looks like you're a good man :)

    Btw I think that this thread has nothing to do here due to the fact that comments can be posted on his blog.
  11. TheLaw

    TheLaw Well-Known Member

    Sorry bud... but why close it at all? Was there that much work that running it was just not a possibility? Additional costs? Sorry to hear about this and, as a fellow admin running a site for almost a decade, glad to help if I can.
  12. Lucas

    Lucas Well-Known Member

    I feel you right there, trust me.
  13. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Good luck Floris. You might find after some time away you'll get your mojo back. You may even have some new ideas when you've taken a step back.
  14. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Best of luck with things Floris and I hope you feel better soon... stress is a nasty little bugger.
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  15. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Thank you.
  16. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    It's always sad to see a 10 year old site go away like that ...
    Floris I can help ... I have fresh ideas I was working on, I'll be happy to pass them along to you .. just show a little interest :) PC me please
  17. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Not interested right now, thank you for trying.
  18. anotheralias

    anotheralias Well-Known Member

    I understand that. Once you've burned out on something, there's no point in going through the motions just because you're sad to see it end.
  19. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    I hope you the best :)
  20. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Floris - and this is just a suggestion, please don't shoot me if you hate the idea - but would it be worth leaving some links to alternative sites your old members could visit instead of just the site closed notice.

    I understand you might not want to give away the traffic you worked hard to build, but perhaps you've made friends with other admins and you'd like to offer their sites as an alternative place for your members to chat.

    Just a thought ...

    Oh, and whilst I don't know you personally - if you're feeling depressed ... I mean, really down ... don't wait around too long to get some help. Believe me, it's not a nice place down there - I've been there, and I'm NOT going back!!!

    Hopefully that's not the case and you'll de-stress now you don't have all the constraints of running so many sites. How the hell did you manage?

    Shaun :D
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