Practically speaking, in the long run probably all that will matter is the content of punbb, and if what has been promised is ever betrayed. However, even if that were to happen it may not matter in the long run either (but only if losing existing community support disappeared before 'new' support could be built during such a transition.)
As some here have suggested, maybe shifting the domain focus like this is only a trivial matter and really doesn't technically matter in the short, or even the long, run; but I cannot help but think community trust may indeed matter more, and shouldn't be taken for granted. (And just to mention, I personally think a domain shift like this is not trivial. )
Oh Hell, as long as Rickard is at the helm with his tremendous team I still feel encouraged, i.e., there would have to be pretty radical negative changes for me to feel like I would no longer wish to be supporting them or this project (in whatever meager way I might do).
...However, neither do I find these things trivial just because strictly technically speaking they may not be>>...
I cannot help but immediately find it disturbing encountering a cheesy company domain (I mean, notonly do I find it weird and disturbing seeing "informer" in the url [jeez], but then it seems to be some short lived company with an interest in tracking - oh yeah, that's the spirit that compells me), ...what I mean is it felt like suddenly punbb is owned by some unknown software/(people tracking?) outfit or - well who are they?!, ...and so then my confidence with the product base here starts coming into question (quite naturally, i.e., no attitude required on my part).
And that the owner would take a prime domain for a powerfully prime product and then demote it to a subdomain to a questionable company? (and tracking and informing?)... Anyway, shifting the domain in this way just seems to me plain stupid, or more to the point, ameteurish or parochial, or simply another brilliant way to bring me one step closer to being tracked by a tracker... hell I don't know.
Another indication of what may carry punbb to the next stages?
Oh, then I start checking out this thread, and go read a little more of what I didn't initially find out about who he/they are...
...I have to admit, it didn't help, ...as I keep adding things together I find this all a bit more disturbing.
Sorry if that all sounds a bit harsh, or even childish, but to cap it off... I was not turned by your responses to hcgtv or others "anotoly" in your statements, including the one where you say "Feedback from the community is the guideline for our strategy and has always influenced our decisions".
Plainly (blatantly) that is counter (meaning opposite) to what one may observe right here in the community, which only lends further support to any concerns being raised by others here - concerns of can they trust the new owners.
Obviously, based strictly on what we can observe here, we cannot really know. Trivial or not, there it is.
Oh well, maybe I misread something? Guess we'll see what happens. If I didn't misread or misconstrue, then I feel at least this is a good heads up, ...i.e, I won't expect things not to change in some unexpected way.
PS: I HOPE YOU ARE ON THE HIGH ROAD TO FEELING BETTER AND BEING WELL, RICKARD ;^)
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