According to their website, Ezoic "will work tirelessly on every single property we own to make it the best possible user experience."
The monetary value of the original JudoForum is estimated to be $6,884.00 (http://webstats-ranks.com/www/judoforum.com), which is not an amount to sneeze at. However Ezoic operates nigh on 1000 websites with a total of tens of millions of users every month; it is disappointing but not particularly surprising that JF is low on their list of priorities.
I concur with NYCNewbie. Particularly since, for the first few months after the transfer glitches were primarily cosmetic- annoying, perhaps, but the content was still there. However of late some threads have actually become inaccessible and if this were to happen permanently an enormous amount of valuable information could be lost.
There does however seem to be an option to download threads on the site itself, at the bottom of the page- see attached screenshot-though I don't currently have the necessary free hard drive space to do this myself. I also don't know how or even if you can then upload the thread to another forum. (?)
Thank you for your response. Posts like the above make me feel like I'm not alone. I appreciate it.
I guess what I'm asking is: can we all BUY the site from ezoic and re-establish it/save it/re-animate it?
Would it mean us collectively handing them 6 grand or whatever? Is there anyone on here that could do this, and manage it, for a small fee to make it at least somewhat worth their while? My problem is, I'm not overly tech savvy- so porting a website/domain name over wouldn't be my area of expertise. However, if someone told me "pitch in $20-$30 to help permanently save the site" I'd do it gladly- and I'm not rich.
I just wonder if we can somehow play the game and rescue the damn site. If not, so be it- but I thought at least I'd ask...
Also- if anyone wants to give me details on how it came to this- I'm listening. I am indeed morbidly fascinated as to the story behind the slow and painful death of what was, imho, one of the coolest sites on the net. I spent so much time there I can't even tell you- working my way through the techniques section day-by-day, year-by-year.
There is a WEALTH of information on that forum- a treasure trove of beautiful stuff that I for one appreciate IMMENSELY.
Hell, there are multiple threads on Ju-No-Kata
, for God's sake- and we are one of the only dojos on earth that happens to practice that kata on a daily basis. At first I despised it, but through reading through old JudoForum posts on the subject, I gained a new appreciation for it- I see it differently because some calm, cool, intelligent Judoka took the time to write about it to each other, and in their correspondence could be found pure learning GOLD.
And that's regarding Ju-No-Kata
, for heaven's sake.
My point is that there is a wealth of info there- a decade of it- that CAN AND MUST
Losing those fabulous, beautiful posts- which seems like it's about to happen- would be the equivalent of a museum on Judo heritage and history burning to the ground, slowly- and us standing around and watching a not doing anything because ezoic owns the property and isn't allowing us to enter the premises with our axes and hoses.
I don't care if I can never post on there again- but I DO VERY MUCH CARE ABOUT SAVING THE INFO THAT'S ON THERE NOW- PRECIOUS, BEAUTIFUL, INVALUABLE WORDS THAT, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, ABSOLUTELY 100% MUST BE SAVED!!!!