I apologize in advance if you have already read this in Announcements. I post it here also because I think we are losing sight of the fact that MN is a business like any other, with a staff to pay. With that said...
First let me make clear that this is a personal post, as a MN member and is in no way sanctioned by MN - they do not know I am making it and in fact, they may get mad at me for posting this. I am hoping that this will not cost me friends, but I had to speak out.
For five years MN has brought us mysteries to read, mysteries to solve, teasers to have fun with and above all, a close and unique community not found anywhere else on the internet. All for free.
Many came into the site in a way that they did not even have to see ads, let alone click on them.
Now, MN needs our help to stay a viable site. The only possible way to do this was to charge a small fee (and it is very reasonable) or lose MN entirely. I think people have panicked because they did not know what to expect. The new site will be even better with new features. I am stunned that so many have said they would not come back - I thought what we had here was worth paying a small fee to keep. I, for one, would be willing to pay someone's fee if they still want to come and are unable to pay it. I realize that MN has kept you in the dark about what is happening, and maybe that was a mistake on their part. It started a panic that grew like a snowball. More information will be forthcoming shortly.
For those who have links here, I was very unhappy to read you were taking them down. My feeling on that is that anyone who happened to wander in here could see those things, without anyone ever knowing they had. All they had to do was read and not post. It seems to me that it would be even more secure now, with only members having access. Of course, that is your decision and I will respect it. Members who belonged to other areas of the site were free to come here also. Members who sign on for the new club are more than likely, already members of MN.
All I am asking you to do is think things over and not do anything rashly. Do we really want to lose this? Don't we also owe MN something for the years of enjoyment we've had? Thanks for listening.
I love you all. - Fran