Glitch and I are walking away..
As you may have noticed, linkfilter has been down for a few days. Although the screen read technical difficulties, it really was from administrative difficulties. Some of you may have surmised this by now, and assume that this has to do with recent drama between some users who will remain nameless. This is not exactly the case. The recent drama on linkfilter has been a symptom of a ongoing problem, that ultimately neither Glitch nor I have any time or patience to deal with the day to day drama that seems to plague this community. When recent events threatened to involve lawyers or the FBI, it became clear that we could not continue to run the site. The "Technical Difficulties" page went up and plans were made to shut down for good.
The six year legacy of linkfilter is something that I found very difficult to walk away from. Its something I've thought about doing for quite some time now, and only Glitch's insistance and help from users like Beaglebot have kept the site around for so long. For their hard work they've received very little but grief, and their jobs have been thankless ones. I want to sincerely and personally thank them for all their hard work and persistance over the years. I owe you both more beers than I could ever repay.
That said, linkfilter is not going away. Darkstar has stepped up to be the sole responsible party for linkfilter. This will be a three month trial, which if successful will result in the code and data being turned over to him to run on his own servers. Glitch and myself are removing our names and email addresses from the site, except to credit as creators. The administration email account will no longer show up in our email boxes. Any problems or concerns by the users will have to go through Darkstar, and whomever he appoints to help him.
Keep in mind that this is a trial period. Should the site flounder, I will not hesitate to shut it down. If such a thing were to occur, the database would be sterilized to protect identities and released publically. I am also open to suggestions, so feel free to make them. Right now, my primary concern is to get the site back up and running and to remove myself and Glitch as responsible parties.
Thank you to all the users who have helped keep linkfilter around all these years.