The WELL is bought by its users


19 Responses to “The WELL is bought by its users”

  1. Stefan Jones says:

    COMMUNISM! Only ownership of the means of socialization by a soulless media conglomerate or an arrogant billionaire can guarantee our freedom.

    • Bernard ben Tremblay says:

      And it’s totally obvious that this is your idea of a joke. Sarcasm. “Irony” … “sardonic”.
      see below re: “yuppies’ kidz”

  2. mack says:

    Justice and peace of mind – finally – for the granddaddy of all social networks. So proud of my fellow WELLperns today.

    • Bernard ben Tremblay says:

      It was wonderful to see. So sad my name is not acceptable. (The Google generation?)

      80 / 20 continues as dominant paradigm. But I mean really, “paradigm” is just a buzz word, right?

    • Susan Carley Oliver says:

      Who are you on the Well, Mack? I’m ohbejoyful there as well as here.

  3. Bernard ben Tremblay says:

    Bernard D. Tremblay (ben) not allowed.
    Bernard (ben) Tremblay not allowed.

    Everything I’ve ever said about yuppies (my cohort) and yuppie’s kidz.

    /me puts the $150 back into his pocket

    –@bentrem aka WillowBear

  4. cdh1971 says:

    Mazel Tov! & Congrats to the Well users.

  5. bwee! thanks, Cory. no more axes over our heads. 

  6. jbond says:

    So what are the chances of it becoming free with no subscription?

    • paul says:

       The same as the chances that the cost of providing reasonably-secure servers, software maintenance and moderation services will drop to zero?

      • jbond says:

        Those costs are pretty low now. A lot lower than when the Well started. And low enough that a not-for-profit might find other ways of paying for them than via a subscription.

        ohbejoyful has a point. A subscription creates a barrier to entry that aids a high signal to noise ratio. But that’s not a good enough reason of itself.

    • Susan Carley Oliver says:

      jbond, as a Well member for over 10 years now I can say that the cost is absolutely worth it.  Not only is the space free of advertising, but the signal to noise ratio is very high, which helps build the strong sense of community.

  7. SoItBegins says:

    All’s WELL that ends well.

  8. tomassino says:

    this history only means one thing: the well must change

  9. Kamal Ji says:

     yes well must change with history

  10. Ipo says:

    Well done. 
    I visited briefly.  I was a Table Talker though. 

  11. Susan Carley Oliver says:

    I can finally breathe freely again.  Learning in mid-Summer that I might lose this place was like hearing my neighbourhood might be bulldosed.

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