And to what happened today, well, it's unfortunate we didn't all have a better plan together, because some loyal readers were unnecessarily ruffled and inconvenienced.
I've just talked to Terry about all of this, so I'm not saying anything behind his back. It was not clear to me, Leslie, or Cal that Terry was shutting the page down. While it's true that no former moderator was ready to start the page back up when he did, we didn't want it to simply evaporate. (Although after the "mediocre reveal," I don't know what else could ever follow!)
Terry started sending me emails from readers this morning and it was clear that many folks could not conceive of the page going away, especially since it really had only gone 6 months in its current form. It was only then that I realized that Terry was going to shut things down for real. (Like many of you, I thought his amazing post was just another April Fool's doozy.)
But in between classes I talked to Cal and Leslie and we decided that we, too, had been enjoying the page in Terry's iteration, and we decided we wouldn't let it die. Who knows what will happen.
The short story is, I'm going to run the page until I crack up. (Kidding.) The page will remain open so we can see if it's still a going concern in a month. If things go well, we'll revisit the long term goals. If it's just collecting spam and dust, I think it'd be best to close it. It's been slow, let me tell you. I know the comments have been great, but Terry has generated most of the content, and that was one of the things that wore him down. (He's a great guy, but he himself admitted that he'd never run the page for a long period, and it's different than what people think it is. Add to that that he's suddenly blown half his sabbatical, and you can understand his need to hit the eject button.)
If you want the page to be active, send me posts to the email in the sidebar. (The old address is going away. It's now firstname.lastname@example.org. Shit, just click the button in the sidebar; it works.) I'll post things as they come in. Comments will be operational again by morning. Terry cleared all former "correspondents," and Leslie suggested we try to reserve those for people who plan on contributing at least 2-4 posts a month. It's always easy for me to get your material up on the page.
What else? This is scattered, I know. Truly, sorry for the inconvenience. Terry feels like shit because he says he handled it poorly. I wouldn't go that far. I think he underestimated the feelings of many readers, and he certainly didn't explain to any of the former mods and counselors of the page what he was doing. We could have smoothed things a bit.
I'd guess by Thursday morning the page will look okay and we'll see what the next month brings.