THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SITE

sikamalc

Administrator
Site Staff
The truth is now revealed about the site, and before I tell you all what has been going on I would like to personally thank Swampy along with all the other folk for all their time and effort on this site, it is greatly appreciated by me and everyone else who has worked tirelessly to see that this site remains.

During the Quex Visit some 6 weeks back, Rob Mac approached both Steve and I and offered to sell the site to us. The idea being that steve did the leg work on the site and I took over as a sort of Chairperson. During discussions JAYB (John) also became part of the take over team, along with a friend of mine who is an IT expert.

This all sounds fairly simple, and Rob allowed us access to the management codes to run and upgrade the site in the interim period. This is something Steve undertook, and made certain individuals moderators, which in general has worked, it has also made members feel more inclusive on the site. We also had big issues with folk trying to join the site but not being able to achieve it. This was in part due to the way the security of the site was set up. During this time negotiations had proceeded at a slower pace than anticipated due to work commitments by Rob Mac. Rob also has a business partner who is his IT expert and runs the technical side of the site and server, so we have been dealing with two individuals, but needed to clarify a number of important issues with the site maintenance before proceeding.

It is not a simple matter of handling a site like this over as a working entity and keeping it going, particularly as there is the March and Shoot etc underway. One also nees to look at retaining the Domain Name, how advertisers are administered and how long their contracts are running, the ownership and copyright of the logo, and VAT issues, to name but a few questions that we needed answers to. To shut the site down would have caused huge problems, and this was proposed by Rob as a temporary measure while the site was handed over, which we insisted should not happen. To a greater extent Steve and his good lady wife have pushed this whole affair along and have taken care of the site, whilst running the business side past myself and on occassions John. Whilst all of this was ongoing Steve and also myself have had ohter personal issues with our own jobs to resolve which I am not going to elaborate on as they are private matters, but it has not helped having this to contend with at the sametime.

We are now at the point of signing a contract with Rob Mac which we have had to draw up and as long as the report from our IT man (Mark) comes back posative we can proceed. However the lines of communication have been open, but not responded to as quickly as we would have liked, and so therefore this whole affair has taken longer than anticipated. Throughout this time Steve has upgraded the site and done a great deal of work to make the site more user freindly and exciting, this has not gone un noticed and is also due to the help of many members, Swampy being one of them.

I have to admit I was not very happy about what happened with the site yesterday, this was to a greater part due to a lack of communication, and I will state that Swampy did take action that he thought was in the interest of the site, and I am very grateful of his apology, it says a great deal about a person and he is a man of integrity which is a rare thing to find in many people these days. I along with all the site members am grateful of his time and work, and indeed his valuable posts, which I sincerely hope he will continue with, and also as a moderator.

I have put this post on the site so that everyone is now aware of what has been going on over the last 6 weeks and what we have been trying to achieve behind the scenes to ensure that this site carries on. We are all aware of the idiots out there who would like nothing more than to see this site and others fail, well I have news for them, it's not going to happen to the Stalking Directory. Providing all is well with the IT side of the handover, within the next week or two the site negotiations will be completed and we can move forward.

Thank you to you all for your continued support.

Sikamalc.
 
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Grantoliver

Guest
Thanks for your honesty Malc. It was very much needed.
Personally, I wish you the very best.

Grant
 

Andy L

Well-Known Member
Good luck to you all.
It was fairly obvious what was going on but clarification always helps.
 

Frax

Well-Known Member
Great stuff. I'm sure you'll make a good team and continue to produce such a valuable resource.

Thanks for your open-ness (is that a real word?)
 

joelewis1971

Well-Known Member
Thanks guys

Hang in there i realy do enjoy this site

I Will have do some work with out you all............lol

Regards

Joe
 

The Mole

Well-Known Member
Best of luck guys - and don't be put offf by the occasional nonsense, it happens.

Hope we won't see the last of Rob Mac, who's done great things. Keep up the good work!
 

tartinjock

Distinguished Member
I'm glad it's out, let's all move on, it CAN, IS and WILL, only get better from here. I am a big supporter of the site, a Temp Moderator and hopefully a worthwhile contributer to the site, even if it is just to have a laugh at someone elses expense.

Beowulf, Sikamalc and JAYB. Good on you for taking on what appears to be a massif commitment but if it wasn't for your dedication this would have been lost into CyberSpace, never to be seen again.

Swampy, the work and dedication you have put into this site, even before the March and Shoot is worthy of a mention.

All those now Moderating (Not including myself) and running the Admin of the site, well done.

TJ
 

mudman

Well-Known Member
Thanks for the overview.

I must admit I did not have a clue what was going on, both with the behind the scenes take over and the recent 'Them and Us' thread!! I do not envy the job of any moderator, after all it is impossible to please all of the people all of the time. But it is obvious that the guys involved with managing this site, yourself, Beowulf, Swampy etc only ever act with the best interests of this site in mind.

This stalking website is a mine of information (and entertainment) for comparative novices like myself and I am still impressed by the lack of aggro that blights several other shooting forums.

Keep up the good work Team.

BTW, When you mention Steve in your headline post are you referring to Beowulf?
 

smithp18

Well-Known Member
Sikamalc, Beowulf, JayB, Swampy and all helpers,
To reiterate the sentiments all ready said all the best and good luck with the site, Thanks for explaining the situation and more over taking the site on.
I’m sure that all your hard work will be appreciated by many, I know will.

Smithy
 

Tony

Well-Known Member
Hi,
I would like to say thank you all for all the work that most of us were un-aware of. It is obvious the site is in good hands and will continue to provide healthy discussion and a wealth of knowledge to those of us with limited experience.
Keep it going lads
Tony
 

Beowulf

Well-Known Member
Hi Mudman,
Yes Malcolm does mean me. Can I personally thank you because without your pm to me last night things could have got a lot worse. I had pulled out of buying the site and banned myself and was in the process of deleting all my posts. Your pm was the last thing I read before deleting my site name. I read your letter about how much you enjoy the site and how you were sat there on your oil rig miles away and I thought, 'Okay this site is a complete pain in the ass at times, but its all we have; walking away from it would be a selfish act'. As the heat of the moment cooled and people's reasoning returned we all got in contact with each other. We all decided that the site must go on!

As for Rob Mac yes he will still be with us, that's the way we want it! Rob and his website has been an inspiration to all the members of this site. Its just a pity that his work load has meant that he can on longer run the site. I must say though that when he asked me to take on the site, I nearly fainted! I tried to put a brave face and hide my panic. :D

Finally Ladies and Gentlemen, please have patience with us, its early days and mistakes will be made; I have already accidentally deleted all the posts on one section! :oops:

We the partnership of this site are doing this out of love for the site and our stalking, this site will not make us rich in fact if we are lucky it might just cover the electricity and phone bill!

Good things are coming, but first we need to get the site sorted out.

Thank you for you support.

Kindest regards Steve.F
 

paul k

Well-Known Member
Can I just day as a neutral how much I appreciate this level of communication from sikamalc, beowulf et al. This is the best forum that I visit by a margin and I visit a few mixed fishing and stalking sites. True there are occasionally a few trolls and a few spats but generally speaking the level of contribution and helpfulness to others amongst the posters is fantastic, I would be really disappointed if it disappeared and now feel it to be in safe hands.

Good luck to you all.
 

243varmint

Well-Known Member
I am new to stalking and i have to say (imo) it is the only site you need to be on. There are years of valuable experiance here and it has been a great help to me( my wife doesn't think so because i'm on the computer till all hours) and i hope that the past 24-48 hours can be put to bed and the site can go from strength to srength.
I think that everybody who is a regular visitor to the site appreciates all the effort thats goes into this site.
PLEASE keep up the good work.
all the best
Jonathon
 

griffshrek

Well-Known Member
good luck with the take over,i hope all goes ok.

does this mean the new site owners will be rubbing shoulders and networking with the likes of bill gates??? also if i buy two SD t -shirts do i get a discount on my share option.....neil
 

Gyr

Well-Known Member
I do hope everyone involved has learnt a valuable lesson from this debacle.
You all have individual qualities,so use them,work together and continue to make this site the best there is...
Kindest Regards,
Gyr
 

sikamalc

Administrator
Site Staff
Neil I am afraid we all pay the same price for the T shirts, even Mr B for the extra width :lol: It is going to a good cause, and I hope to see you at the CLA for a Beer or two. Thats if Nick dosnt get there first and drink the bar dry.
 

beechessam

Well-Known Member
Well done guys, I am not here that often but do have an insight into what goes on behind the scenes on forums.

Keep up the good work as many find places like these excellent sources of information.

ATB

Simon
 

mike272

Member
Could I please add my support to what is a truely informative site for a novice like myself. Please keep up the great work people.
BTW, I'm sat in work, in Paris, and just had the brown haemorrhage! The practice, low level fly past for Bastille Day has just gone past the window!
 

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