When you say post counts could change does this mean that we lose privileges will be lost due to low post count? Like how I can't do anything on PT untill I get 25posts.
I suppose it is possible, but highly unlikely. The promotion system is set up to promote members when they reach certain levels, but not set up to demote them if they fall below those levels. Also the most likely posts to no longer count are very old ones that have already been deleted, but have not been deducted from post counts (since they have not been recalculated).
Scooby I just noticed your avatar, is that supposed to be a reference of a missing god? If so it is just a very artful interpretation of the idea.
I don't need more spam in my e-mail. I expect they won't be sharing our e-mail addresses, correct?
Correct, same privacy policies apply as before. We have always reserved the right to contact you ourselves, so it has always been possible that we would send a newsletter from the site that may contain some advertising. But we would never sell or disclose your contact information to a third party.
Only downside is if the company who buys this goes out of business and shuts it down or sells it to some animal pr0n site. . . . well, I mean at least shutting it down would be bad.
Is there some way a back up of this site could be made with all the current information on it so that a few people could hold it, in the case that something like that would happen? That way some one could continue on with this site.
True, but this company is more stable and has a more vested interest in the site than even I do. They have tons of sites running and can operate them much more efficiently than a single operation can. So, if anything, the future of the site is much more assured than it was before. Companies can always go under, but the sites would still retain value, so it is not like they would disappear. At the worst, they would be sold to another company. But again, I am speculating about what would happen if a very successful and viable company went out of business. These guys have been around for quite while and they have a significant management staff, so one of them being hit by a bus would not have the same effect as if I were hit by a bus (i.e., the site would continue).
How are sponsors going to be worked out? Any changes?
The banner advertising is remaining the same. So far the forum advertising is the same, but that is being looked at. No changes to the policies or rates are currently planned, but it has always been a possibility that they would change.
How about donations enabling additional features on the site.
Those will be re-enabled very soon. We are discussing a number of options on how to enhance this area too.
Originally Posted by ragincanadian4
Is this why there's a new administrator who has only 4 posts?
Yep, that is Dan from AutoForums. They need an admin account simply to manage the advertising systems and to provide programming support for the site (so if we decide we need a new plugin like iTrader, for example, they can do that for us). The management of the community and forums is still in our hands.
what about private msg? will they get lost in the transition???
Nope, all messages, posts, threads, accounts will be maintained. Nothing is being lost at all.