It bugs me when a forum just disappears, with no notice and in particular, no seeking expressions of interest to take it over. Its happened a number of times now.
All that data and especially, the posts contributed by members lost. Yes there is a forum "O
wner", but to me the members own it too.
You might try the same post on Vic Radio Scan
(though I don't know how many have signed up to that one) and Aussie Scanners
So the 'members own' the info, yet it was the owner who also sought much of the info himself and then compiled the information with the assitance of a rather limited group of others. It was the owner who spent the time and resources to place said data in to a format for others though, but the 'owner' owes everyone according to you because of some contributions? Interesting, we'll have to agree to disagree.
I find it somewhat akin to how according to yourself card sellers can take data they haven't sought out themselves other than 'online' but be 'reimbursed' for it given they spend the time and resoucrces putting it into a format for others.
I don't how many times I tired to get people to contribute and be more active on the forums instead of simply just taking. It wasn't forthcoming unforunately, it was grossly unfair, I've seen the data. It was the same very limited folks who contributed on some level, and trust me I mulled over that for quite some time. It was was not an easy decision.
Furthermore you may want to check another aspect here, I did actually offer the forums AND website to someone else and offered to work on some stuff in the backgorund, but despite the initial interest they never got back to me nor show a real interest. I keep no grduges though as I understand they had their on FB Gorup to run and admin and may have wanted to build their own platform in addition to limited time.
Then came another matter, well it was me who was made aware of the activities of a couple of members on there with aspects of the data provided form there and that was something I also needed to consider in the end. But that is another story.
Don't stress though, I see and hear Brett from the new Vic Radio Scan forums has retrieved some of the information and copy and pasted it for others. I'm sure there will be more to come. Afterall, as he suggested, Wayback Machine can provide some results.
People assuming, I'd hoped for better Damien, and I would've thought you'd know me a bit better than that given my previous heavy involvement with VicScan before it was closed by the owner and then my own original VicRadio Zone.
Each to their own.