Originally Posted by sebberry
Members might be doing just that now, but just wait - over the next several months and years there will be a gradual shift in the quality of members and contributions - just as what happened over at HTF.
There's a reason AVS attracted so many technical and knowledgable people. I can't explain what it is exactly - consider it somewhat of an "x factor" but it was there and it worked. Changing that will have some long-term consequences that I think will be detrimental to the community.
I need to say this...WE ARE NOT HTF. We never were and are still not. There is a lot more to the story of HTF than just the platform switch. I like those guys. Parker was a good virtual friend of mine to the point we shared site idea and helped each other with site code. Ron is passionate about software and the movie experience. And Adam is, well, I do not know a lot about him other than I like him when we talk. Parker is no longer involved as you may or may not know. I miss him being involved. But their is a lot more to it.
They were also the 2nd site, correct me if I am wrong, to go with Huddler why back when. We were approached also in the past but could not take the risk. Too early. Fast forward...Huddler is now at 45 +/- employees (I think that's the close number) with most of the staff dedicated to coding vs the 6 they had back then. They have select sites on the platform and are NOT LOOKING to be a boxed platform you can buy and setup. Yes, they are young, but the platform is evolving and they are backed by some very powerful firms. They are not setting themselves up to fail. And yes, before you ask, we can move all the data back if anything were to happen. But that is far from my mind as I need to look to the future. No good comes from thinking about failure.
All in all, we are not HTF. I like the HTF team. And now that we are involved with the same company, I hope that the HTF team can benefit from not only our influence in helping to push the platform, but also on the revenue side. Yes, I said the bad word...REVENUE! This site nor HTF would not be able to stand without income. Now with the combined sales team I hope we both can do well.
BTW...Huddler also handles Overclock.net and AppleInsider.com and backyardchickens.com (no I did not make that up) for example. Not small sites. And this is only a few.
All in all...I thought I should say a little something. Thank you kindly for listening. (Reading) I now need to get back to a movie.