All-Things-ScribeSlice

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ScribeSlice sold?

Writing community - 945 active members. No reserve
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Site for sale screenshot
Sold at Public Auction

A little while back I stumbled across a notice on the internet that ScribeSlice was being sold at public autction. That is why I took a leave of absence from the site. I wasn't sure how the sale of ScribeSlice would affect the writing that I had posted, copyrights, etc.

I'm still not sure.

I left because of the uncertainty. I am back for the moment, but am still curious about the future of the site, and am still uncertain as to whether I will stay. I think that if the site has been sold, the new owner should step up to the plate and make that fact known, as well as comment on what the plans are for the site.

Does anyone else have anything to say about this?


Don Yarber

25th July 2012


I saw this as well. I'm not sure what has happened but in the short time that I have been visiting the site and posting work, I've noticed a marked change. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens. There is a post, "where are all of the notifications?" I think you may gain a little more insight in reading the comments there also.


Cindy Beitinger

25th July 2012


Writing community - 945 active members. No reserve
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Sold at Public Auction
$1,050
Bidding History: 23 bids
Started:
12 days ago
Completed:
5 days ago
Seller does not accept Escrow payment.

There you have it!


Cindy Beitinger

25th July 2012


Don, does this mean that we could be so easily sold for $1,050.00? And where is Harley on this subject? Never in my wildest imagination did I ever dream that we would end up on the auction block!Another question which has often nagged at me is ,``does S.S. generate any kind of revenue for its`owner?``I am completely in the dark. I would certainly hope that Harley would address this important issue, if, in fact there is one.


Allen Clarke

25th July 2012


i don't imagine it does generate any revenue (no ads or anything) hence why it only sold for a 1000$... granted all that could change is it could be flooded with ads by the new owner.. or maybe it was sold to a publishing house? that wouldn't be SO BAD. if somebody who has some pull in the literacy world owned the site as then they could discover new talent.. i dunno tho... i like it as it is!

as for copy right and who will own what i do kind of want to know the answer to that... granted doesn't overly bother me as i have literally 1000s upon 1000s of pieces... but still what's mine is mine and if someone wants it.. then pay me- i don't agree with posting on a free writing community site just to have that site sold to some collaborate and then they own the work i posted on here.. and possess the right to do w/e they see fit with said work; but of course if they wanna talk about loyalties or funds.. then i'm all ears haha


Jordan Newman

25th July 2012


if this site is sold i will begin deleting all my works as soon as i find out.


Leonard a. Wronke

25th July 2012


Harley isn't even a member of ScribeSlice any longer. I am very saddened. Wish I knew something about the new owner.


Deborah Boydston

25th July 2012


Harley isn't a member? I thought he was the founder? How could he leave and not let his members know what was happening?


Cindy Beitinger

25th July 2012


That is why I removed all my work from here.

This is the third time I have joined a site where it went under.

I will not have any of my work fall into someone else's hands that I do not know their intentions where I do not control it any more.

Sorry everyone but that is how it is.

I will remain as a member but not posting anything further until i see how this plays out.

I worked too hard on my poems , short stories and my unfinished novel to have them be under someone else's control where they take the copyrights for themselves or be grabbed by another site that I do not know who they are.


Leonard a. Wronke

25th July 2012


Yes he is the founder but when I tried to message him I got the message that he is no longer a member. I don't know why wish I did.


Deborah Boydston

25th July 2012


I just got off the line with my blood-thirsty attorney, and he is presently researching the legalities as per regards our present shitchy-ation. Oh...did I neglect to mention that he is also in the process of sharpening his caustic tongue, a-drip, with lethal venom?


Allen Clarke

25th July 2012


In The "about" section Harley has been removed. I had no idea the site was being sold, I guess we will see what happens.


Robert Harris

25th July 2012


Whoa,, busy me, away or just in and out intermittenly finds this scary prospect, is deleting our work the way to do this? I have been holding back posting the lyrics to my very favorite and best songs. I have been feeling apprehensive about the future of Scribeslice when I came home one day to find I had no notifications, when the day before there were 30. I have connected with a couple of my favorite fellow writers here since then and just thought after while, that everyone is busy, I am slammed with work in the live sound business, leaving few brain cells for creativity but as I always have said, I feel like a solid member of this community, one that has helped me a lot since joining last November and to lose this would be just awful for me. I have literally never shared my words with anyone aside from my band members and that was years ago.
I will be watching closely to see what is going on.


Warren Gates

25th July 2012


When you click the contact button do all the leaders get that email, or just the owner? I was thinking that maybe if we emailed something from there we might get some information if there's a chance the new owner will see it. You know, bombard the inbox and see what happens. :P


Samantha Wright

25th July 2012


Is there anybody here with the knowledge to create a website(such as this one is) if we find we are not a community anymore.

Or will we all be torn apart...going our own ways once again, set adrift from this site we knew as our safe writing haven.

Now this explains Harley's last message which was very short regarding the notifications where he said as far as he knew everything was fine and no he was not leaving.

WELL SURPRISE.....HARLEY IS GONE.

anybody here (who live in Australia)can see if they can reach Harley. or is it only a matter of time until this once great site dissolves to nothing.


Leonard a. Wronke

25th July 2012


Samantha, that is a possibility but what if the owner does not wish to be found or worse yet, wants this to become a pay site.


Leonard a. Wronke

25th July 2012


If they don't want to be found, then I guess they won't have to reply, but if they want us to start paying then it's best we find out, right? Anyway if we have to pay we'll eventually find out, might as well be sooner than later.


Samantha Wright

25th July 2012


With so few answers leading to the safety of our works - namely those posted here on SS, I am going to "unpublish" and remove all my writings until I am assured that my rights as a writer have not been compromised. I think you should all do the same, at least until we - The Members of the Scribeslice Community - have been given due explanation as to 'what' exactly is going on, entails, etcera. I certainly hope this has all been done in a responsible manner in regards to the safety of our rights as Authors. I WISH YOU ALL THE VERY ABSOLUTE BEST! AND I SINCERELY HOPE THAT SCRIBESLICE REMAINS INTACT AND HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO A RESPONSIBLE NEW OWNER WHO HAS THE RIGHTS OF HIS COMMUNITY MEMBERS HELD IN THE HIGHEST REGARDS. HAPPY WRITING TO YOU ALL!


Daniel Bird

25th July 2012


Hello all...

I was hoping to leave quietly, but considering how everyone just wants to up and leave I wanted to tell everyone what is going on.

Yes- ScribeSlice has been sold. The WEBSITE has been sold... not your writings. You obviously still hold the copyright to those. It's just that the website itself is under new ownership.

I'm sure the new owner will make himself known shortly, but in my dealings with him he seems like a fair minded person. He also has ties to the writing industry which is something that I never had and that can only benefit you guys more.

I sold the site for two reasons...

1. I have very limited time on my hands these days and everyone knows the reasons why. ScribeSlice was languishing as a result of that and I was sad to see it happening. With a new owner ScribeSlice could go to the next level and that can only be good for you guys.

2. I spent over $10,000 of my own hard earned money on this site (which took me 9 months to save up). Lately I struggled with the idea of shutting the site down completely, however I didn't think that would be fair to you guys, so I sold it... why didn't I just give the site away? Because if someone buys something, they are more likely to cherish it. The new owner has paid money for this site so they are more likely to look after it.

For anyone that cares... no, I didn't make a single cent from ScribeSlice while operating it. It was actually a huge drain on my personal income.


Harley Bailey

26th July 2012


Whew! Well that alleviates a lot of concern. Harley you have done a great job bringing SS to life, as well as building a great community of talented and driven writers. For that I commend you. I understand your reason for leaving, and I have to agree with you when you say that a person who buys a site like this would more likely cherish it. And if you have confidence in this new owner...well, then I have confidence too, as I respect you and believe you are very smart and wise in your choices. That you have stuck with us thus far, gives me a good idea of your passion for this site. That in itself holds my confidence. I would like to wish you the absolute best in life and love and harmony, and would like to just say that it would be nice of you to stay with us here on this site, even just as an avid reader as your comments and advice are taken in with a sense of goodness as you offer sound advice and offer good criticism! You take real good care of yourself and your family Harley. You've done a great job thus far and I think you ought to be aware of it. I wish you the very absolute best in your new additions to your family and in all your endeavors as well. BE SAFE AND HAVE A GREAT TIME OUT THERE IN THE WHOLE WILD WORLD! AND NEVER - ABSOLUTELY NEVER STOP FOLLOWING ALL YOUR DREAMS! PEACE HOMES!


Daniel Bird

25th July 2012


Well, as I have already removed all my writings from here I will stay, as I am at the moment,...just an uncontributing member(if this is allowed if not tell me)until I see how this site is handled and who now owns it.

Regarding the matter of who this person is, how knowledgeable they are with all the fixes we constantly ask for. time will tell.

It seems this is not a community anymore - but only a business. It is not a comfortable place any longer, in my opinion.

Daniel , if you wish to continue with your works here or not is as it always was ...your choice.

I have made my say ....now it is up to everyone else to decide what they wish here.


Leonard a. Wronke

25th July 2012


I appriciate all of your hard work Harley. Thanks for all the time, hard work and investment that you have put into the site. Going to miss you. Enjoy yourself you've earned it. As for me I am staying, I love ScribeSlice.


Deborah Boydston

25th July 2012


I am... uncertain about my position. I understand the logic behind the decisions made, but how I feel about it is another matter. Whatever the case, I do appreciate you telling us what you did, Harley, and I wish you and your family the best.

As for myself, I love ScribeSlice and have developed a fondness of its members even if I myself am not visibly active. I will, however, remove some of my works from this site at least until I get a clearer picture as to what lies ahead. As they say, "In silence, the tiger waits."


Daniel Sintos

25th July 2012


Hi Harley, thank you for being upfront about the selling of ScribeSlice. If this is the right decision for you, then I, too wish you the best and with great thanks for bringing me into contact with a lot of nice folks who helped me not to be so shy about my writing and all the oither things I have to offer in this life. I do hope the new owner will take care of ScribeSlice as well as you did. Sometimes, things must end and we have to move on, it is the way of Life.

I will wait it out and see what is next, undecided about which things to remove, I am thinking that if too many things disappear from everyone at once, the new owner might think we are no longer interested.
In the middle of personal turmoil comes this, but we are all grown ups and have coped with changes before.


Warren Gates

26th July 2012


Well this is what i get for being off for a while, lol. I to will be removing most of my work as well, until i see who this new owner is and what he has in store for SS AND all of us. I've looked at other sites and frankly...they're ugly. They're hard to navigate, ads cluttering up everything, AND you have to pay. Even though i haven't posted anything over the last few months due to lingering computer problems (which are only getting worse) i'm still going to remain here as a member and will contribute when i can.

I sincerely hope the new owner has OUR on interests in mind when working with this wonderful site. If not.......


Aaron Greene

26th July 2012


I've missed so much in the past day or so. One of the great things about this website is that there is a lack of ads. This allows my... not so special computer... to load these stories and allow me to write on here with ease. I thank you Harley for providing me with a place to post my writings for free and find a great writing comunity.

Now if this site goes under with the new owner, then im sure we could make a free forum. It's something that Minecraft servers do and i'm sure we could make it work for us if need be. But im glad that it appears that it wont come to that. I hope our new owner will become a great new member to our community and I cant wait to hear from him!


Jordan Hewitt

26th July 2012


Wow.
Double wow.
All I can say is wow - I knew Harley had built up a fabulous community of writers, but I can see that I have completely underestimated the passion and commitment each of you has for ScribeSlice, for each other and for the writing that goes on here.

Let me introduce myself - my name is Jon Paul Janze, and yes, I bought Scribeslice from Harley. You can learn a little about me here http://www.linkedin.com/in/jonpauljanze, but that isn't much :)

I think Harley and I were both hoping we would be able to ease into this transition slowly and quietly - I certainly know that I was hoping to have a few more days to compose a proper introduction!

Given the current discussion and the (to be expected) 'what the heck is going on' questions, I thought it would be better to jump right in with a quick introduction and let everyone get to know me better in the coming weeks.

I am a marketer and product manager by profession and I build, buy and operate a number of websites and I have an interest in community based sites in particular. In the case of scribeslice, Harley needed to move on and I hope to nurture what he started.

Let me guess at some of the questions you probably have and provide some answers: (I ran out of space so will make a second post...read on.....)


Jon paul Janze

26th July 2012


Let me guess at some of the questions you probably have and provide some answers:

So the site has been sold, what is going to happen now?
Nothing, well probably nothing :) at least not right away. I only have a passing familiarity with the site, how it works, what needs doing etc etc and it will take me some time to figure out all the inner workings so that I can keep it running ship shape. I think the important thing for scribeslice is the community of writers so I also need to figure out 'who you are' and 'what you need' - when I have a handle on that, then likely some changes will occur.


Why did you buy it?
For a few reasons I suppose, a couple big ones are firstly, I am interested in online communities, building and nurturing them and seeing them grow, and secondly, my wife is a short story writer so I have an affinity for writers and understand how important feedback, support and encouragement are to the whole writing process, Harley has done a great job to this point and each of you is proof of that; there are a bunch of reasons but those three are pretty high on my list. You will likely see her on Scribeslice in the near future :)

What happens to all my writing?
Most if not all the things that Harley was doing before, the rules, copywrite etc will stay the same - you will always own the copywrite to your writing.

What are your plans for the future?
The future, well at a high level, I want to make scribeslice bigger and better - I have read a little about Harley and think that is something he was working towards. What is 'bigger and better'? Well, I would like to increase the number of contributing writers as well as those that provide feedback (I have a few ideas about how to do this and will share them with you as I think through them). I want to understand the technology and make sure it is running well and providing the environment and the tools you need to write, communicate and help each other and make sure it can scale up to handle higher volumes.

Will you slap advertising all over the place?
Well no and yes. No I won't 'slap advertising all over the place'. but yes, at some point, there will be some sort of advertising on the site - not sure where or what type or anything like that - I have no idea yet, every community and website is different. Rest assured if and when it does appear, it won't be intrusive or 'all over the place' (that is the first sign of a dying community….anyone been to MySpace in the last year or two!)


What about the leaders!?
I haven't had a chance to connect with anyone yet - this is all very new and has happened quite quickly - but my hope is they will all stay and continue, I think it would be very difficult if not impossible to replace them!

This is a short and rushed introduction, but I hope it serves to allay any fears that you have. Please feel free to connect with me directly at jpjanze at harostreetmedia.com - I will do my best to answer any questions you have. (PS I would appreciate everyone


Jon paul Janze

26th July 2012


Thank you for introducing yourself and explaining the current situation. There are some seriously good authors here and it is interesting to read their work and read what the other good writers have to say. I just write lyrics and poems, but Scribslice has given me some sort of wings to be able to share these with others. I understand that people must move on, and that things happen for a reason. That you are aware of the consternation of us all and stepped right in and became visible speaks well for the future of Scribeslice. Thank you, again. I look forward to the next chapter of Scribeslice.


Warren Gates

26th July 2012


Agreed Warren. Thanks for joining and being willing to try and keep our community alive. I love this place and it's really helped me to become a better writer. So thanks to Harley for creating this website and thanks to you, Jon, for keeping it from falling apart. I'm excited to see what you have in store for us. :)


Samantha Wright

26th July 2012


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