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It's ironic, I feel, that a web site dedicated to time travel would ever see an end, but it seems that we've come to that point. I've grown old and tired, and can no longer dedicate to this organization the energy that is required of me. Let's be honest with ourselves: It's been clear that this has the case for many years. I feel it is time to end my participation in the Time Travel Institute. That does not necessarily mean the end of the Time Travel Institute, though. Here's what I'm proposing:

 

At the end of 2014, on December 31, I will terminate my involvement with TTI. That can mean one of two things. Either I will remove all content from the site and park the domains involved with TTI. Or I will have sold off the site to someone else. I say, perhaps selfishly, that I will not give the site away to someone else for free. There is nearly a year between now and then. Plenty of time to weigh my options, and for you to weigh yours.

 

If you are interested in making a bid for TTI, it's content, property, domains, brands, and everything that comes with it, you may get in touch with me. Just click on my profile name and choose "Start a Conversation". Let's talk.

 

Thank you for all your time,

Mop

 

 

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Well this is earth shaking news, How much does it cost to run this thing? I mean I see ads. Is this not generating revenue? Did you consider a donation bar? I'd throw down five bucks for the cause...

 

Ok so you are tired of it all.. That's cool..... No giving?, Why not? Surely darby or rmt or Kerr are worth blessing with the gift.

 

You have information here.... Wonderful. Great information. Deletion would be such a travesty.... You have the last official record of the titor posts.... Are ya aiming at justifying darbs positions? What's with the lack of charity? If you do not want it there is no need to hold onto it like a hoarder. Give it away and be done with it..... Or sell it as is your stated want....

 

But not deletion. Not parking... Don't do that. Anything but that. Id throw down and go down fighting to avoid that. Whatever in,my capacity to do to avoid that I would dedicate... And I got serious personal battles at the moment.... But this.... This is something special. I never thought I would read you saying these words... But since you have I implore you to reconsider and if you remain committed I implore you to give it yes give it to rmt or darn... Or even my lowly but if it tickles your fancy..... And if all that is out, sell it to darb or rotor kerf or a reasonable price.

 

Don't kill it mop.

 

Anything else but I beseech you, not to nix this.

 

That's all I got.

 

 

Time travel institute spans the streams of the cosmos WOOHOO!

 

 

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There's been some interest in a sale of TTI so let's lay down some ground rules to put everyone on equal footing. If we proceed with a sale, it will be a lengthy and deliberate process. Let's establish now that no decision to sell TTI will be made until at least December 1 and offers will be accepted until November 30.

 

 

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So there is a possibility between Dec 1 and 31 that you may change your mind about selling the site (therefore deleting the site), even though we can place offers between now and Nov 30th?

 

 

"We are all visitors to this time, this place..."

 

 

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So there is a possibility between Dec 1 and 31 that you may change your mind about selling the site (therefore deleting the site), even though we can place offers between now and Nov 30th?

Okay scrub my above question, I get it now, lol.

 

 

"We are all visitors to this time, this place..."

 

 

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To further clarify, while it is unlikely that I will carry on operating the site past December 31, I would prefer selling it over shuttering it.

 

In terms of selling it, preference will be given to bidders who are interested in carrying on the spirit of the site - if not necessarily the content - in some way. Maybe you keep the site as is, or you fold the content into another site, or you redirect to a similar site. Less consideration will be given to those who simply wish to repurpose the domain and its properties, but I cannot rule them out entirely.

 

In terms of shutting down the site, that is a true and real consideration because operating this site is surprisingly costly. Not only in terms of effort, but financially. Any message board is quite susceptible to spammers, and keeping the site free of spammers requires a lot of effort and considerable resources. Even then, the traffic generated by those spammers as they try to get into the site at times equates a denial-of-service (DOS) attack. Playing whack-a-mole with spammers as we forbid their access to the domain is tedious.

 

 

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That's a fair reply. I know nothing about web sites and what's involved with running one. If members had to pay an annual membership fee, I wonder if that would be a deterrent to spammers?

 

 

"We are all visitors to this time, this place..."

 

 

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I'm not looking to scare anyone away, but if you're looking to operate a web site on the Internet, especially one where you let anyone say pretty much anything they like, I would urge you to at least form an LLC and run the web site under that LLC. Not only to limit your liability, but also because you have to consider revenues and expenses and how that will impact your taxes, especially if you think you're going to make money running that web site and you're trying to file as an individual. So then factor in costs pertaining to incorporation and related paperwork, annual tax filings (i.e. accountants), and all that fun stuff.

 

 

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It will get bigger mop, Self sustaining, Dont sell it mop... ask us to give you money first. INstall a donation bar and task a mod to ask.... I'd promote the ployops about it.... justy saying......

 

The day I can not come here for congruity is gonna be a sad day I dont wanna face.

 

 

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Time travel institute spans the streams of the cosmos WOOHOO!

 

 

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I've sent Mop a couple emails... I helped him get the site off of the old UBB platform and onto the current, modern one a while back.

 

Trying my best to make a deal that works for everyone. Would love to keep this legacy alive and help it grow.

 

 

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I'm not looking to scare anyone away, but if you're looking to operate a web site on the Internet, especially one where you let anyone say pretty much anything they like, I would urge you to at least form an LLC and run the web site under that LLC. Not only to limit your liability, but also because you have to consider revenues and expenses and how that will impact your taxes, especially if you think you're going to make money running that web site and you're trying to file as an individual. So then factor in costs pertaining to incorporation and related paperwork, annual tax filings (i.e. accountants), and all that fun stuff.

Have there been any serious bids for the site? Only approximately 5 months left before 31st December.

 

 

"We are all visitors to this time, this place..."

 

 

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Out of curiosity, does the site customarily utilize the 4KGB of monthly bandwith you are allotted?

 

Also, it would be neat to hear your take on how this site began and your thoughts behind it. Perhaps you've already outlined it as such in another thread you could direct me to. I know that Darby has spoken about some of the history behind TTI's beginnings.

 

 

Always too little.

 

Always too much.

 

Time the Enemy.

 

 

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