Looks familiar doesn't it...
What if it is just a couple of talented devs who thought that given the size of the adult business that making a tumblr clone was a shoe in for money.. but required their heart and soul for a few years. What if they exceeded their expectations and put together something that attracted millions of users, but due to its subject matter, wasn't an easy sale. What if it became a burden, and the user base continued to grow meaning that in order to retain it as a viable sale they needed to work even harder just to keep it running. What if their heart wasn't really in it anymore, they were tired or sick, and they screwed up, leaving them even further from achieving the sale of their dreams?
I hope this isn't too accurate, but fear that it's not far from the truth.
Fuck! Sounds prophetic...
The only thing I notice is that says twitter has over 3500 followers, but they actually have ~7600 followers, could it really have doubled in 8months?
I don't know about any of the other info mentioned
This ad surely is about BDSLRM - I know it's a small team just doing it for passion and I think it just got too big. This kind of IT is not that easy to follow.
@Fapalapadingdong - about twitter followers: this note/ad dates back to June 2020, I think they had a boost in followers in these months, especially during this last "site down period" when everybody looked for updates...same as I did! Cheers *
Yeah, those readings seem correct. Assuming this is an ad for BDSMLR. Small team, currently overwhelmed by tech issues. The lack of communication for two weeks is terrible, I agree, but they are probably regrouping. Not just in terms of what to do with the tech, but also in terms of what to do next with the site - in terms of their their investment so far (time and money). They obviously invested more and attempted an upgrade but it backfired and left us in a situation where many users (it seems) cannot access the site. We just gotta hope that, from a business point of view, it makes sense for them to invest more money and fix these new problems. In general, the site has been problem-free and there's no reason someone else wouldn't purchase it. It's porn on the internet. There has to be money to be made, right?
I don't get why they don't just ask people for help with money to keep it running, a lot of folk are emotionally and time invested in this site and the community and are ready to chip in if it means not having to lose it and go through the upheaval again like we did when tumblr fucked everything up.
Currently their only method of donating requires going through coin base, so I don't know how much of a put off that might be to people! But yeah if it's the case that they are trying to sell the site and with the issues recently faced, I can imagine with also the backlash with the issues, they might have no interest at all in talking to the community.But that seems like still the worst possible way to handle anything! As Diamondflamer says, it's another up-heaval of everything to another site, each time the community is getting fragmented and it causes everyone more headaches. Let's hope they actually talk to the community, unlikely but we can hope
It's a massive put off, not many people even understand how things like crypto currencies work. If they had a more accessible means of accepting payments (there are options that do handle money for adult sites) then people would pay.
I meant to post this as a comment and accidentally started a brand new section. My apologies. Here is the comment:
I don't have anything new to add but I would like to reiterate and affirm points already made. The fragmentation of "the community" would be a problem and I miss the tumblr days where there was a big community of diverse material. I was all-in to paying a little extra for an add free experience and recommended it when they first starting including ads, but the whole bitcoin thing sounds like a Russian mafia scam. Go to a website, give us your credit card, and we will give you "crypto currency," so you can view porn without cartoonish tentacle monsters in your feed. I'm going to stick with things for a while longer and then reassess, but whatever happens if folks leave I hope they post where they are going to. Part of the problem is that there does not seem to be really good alternatives.
Maybe they should look into a merger with the company that owns Fetlife.
A guess, based on experience, is that BDSMLR took off faster than expected, and outgrew their original server farm. This is likely because every posting has large images or medium-sized videos. Facebook and Twitter are much more text oriented. This adds up fast and gets to terabytes pretty easily. Switching to a new server farm exposed code that did not scale very well.
Selling to somebody with the resources to keep it going must seem pretty attractive. If it does sell, they will become indentured servants. They can't just walk away. If no buyer is found, it will die. I am not sure how it will look on a resume, given the subject matter. Selling the collected media may end up being the only way to recoup losses.
They can't sell the collected media, they don't own them and have no right to them. The only thing they can sell is their user base.
And in response to a previous comment, it seems that in fact there's little money to be made with porn on the internet. People watch it but don't want to pay for it, and advertisers are scarce.
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