Well.. Aule told me that the site is on sale. I never check the front page for news, for that I have TORN
. It isn't listed on the personal page as local news. I think my first reaction was that Aule was making a joke. Until I say the e-bay page.
I have several things that are big on my mind. I can understand why Taz is selling the site. I am responsible for some sites myself and it is sometime a balancing act between updating that and work or other real life things. Having your customers reminding you for updates is sometimes a bit embarrassing. Anyway, he is making that clear on the e-bay site. But as Floyd said: no mention of it here at all. Maybe he discussed it with his CM's. The thing is, if the member base is that big, why didn't he ask around here first.
I always thought of this site as being in one big fellowship, always willing to help each other, lending a hand wherever you can. I am certain there would be people who would have volunteered some of their free time by sharing their knowledge and helping out in matters as site management, putting things online in several sections. This simply could have been done without elevating them to a CM status (if that was an objection for the current CM's). But is all said and done, a decision has been made.
Another thing though is that as a member I pay for 3 supported memberships... what will happen to my financial details? I currently feel very uncomfortable that my details will be sold off to someone else. What will the new owner do with the information the current member database holds? Currently nobody has to pay to become a member, but as the information on ebay says: it is a possibility.
I am a bit worried how the Tolkien Estate will react on this, as far as I know, the lawsuit is not over from yet and I am worried how this might be used against Taz as wanting to make a profit out of it.
The bottom line is: I feel a bit put on auction currently without being consulted first. As I said above, I know why, but in a way I feel a bit disappointed that if the site promotes: Join us in a fellowship like no other.. I absolutely hate to see that Taz feels like he has to let go of his baby and I know that he will do everything
that is in his power to make a transferral go smoothly. After so many years of dedication, letting go is very hard. It just saddens me that a person who made a fellowship possible, (seemingly) never thought that the fellowship of 5000 members would love to lend a hand and help him out.