So now there’s a new owner of the StraightDope.
And in the thread about it most of the posts are light-hearted and optimistic.
But me, well…I’m wondering about the potential for disaster.
From older threads, it seems like this site is in danger of being cancelled.
There has always been a huge amount of secrecy about who owns this site,who manages it, who pays for it, who profits from it, and why they still let it operate. But from reading between the lines in those older threads, I got the impression that the main reason these boards still exist is because of a weird situation: the highest level of management simply did not know we are here.
The guys in suits are managing a business worth tens of millions of dollars, and the SDMB message board’s total budget seems to be a hundred dollars a month for using the software at Discourse. That’s such a small amount that it apparently doesn’t show up anywhere where the suits notice. .
But now there’s a new boardroom full of suits. As they take ownership, they will presumably also make a detailed inventory of what they just bought.
They have bean-counters and lawyers. The bean counters might tell them that there’s no profit here; and the lawyers might tell them that there’s a danger here. (from lawsuits and liabilities…say, from some idiot who posts, I dunno, a death wish for a politician.)
So why would they want to keep a tiny, useless old website like the SDMB?
I’m afraid that any extra attention to ourselves could be fatal.
Let’s hope I’m wrong!