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Pacman000
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« on: June 08, 2017, 05:17:54 PM »

https://sff.net/

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SFF Net opened on 10 July 1996 as an online home for authors, publishers, editors, media pros, and fans, catering to genre fiction, mostly science fiction and fantasy. It closed on 31 March 2017.

During its heyday, SFF Net hosted hundreds of domains for authors and writing organizations, had discussion groups, sponsored parties at cons, and provided email, chat, and other such services. It also produced a series of anthologies, helped readers connect with writers, and provided private areas where members of professional organizations could speak with each other about the craft and business of writing.

Alas, the economics of hosting services favor large providers over small communities. Free hosting, free email, and social media (all supported by advertisements) came along, and large providers took over the remainder of the business by offering low-cost sites with tools for designing and maintaining websites without understanding HTML. Google was only a year old when SFF Net started. Social media sites, such as Facebook, founded in 2004, have mostly replaced the traditional "bulletin board" sites.

SFF Net was a hobby rather than a business. Jeffry Dwight custom-wrote most of the servers, services, scripts, and utilities. Steve Ratzlaff provided most of the ongoing technical support for SFF Net's customers. Jim Macdonald helped lost souls from GEnie find their way.

In the end, after putting it off as long as possible, SFF Net decided to close its doors. Although we will miss each of our members, we hope to stay in touch through other means.

Best regards,

Jeffry Dwight
Steve Ratzlaff
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The internet was supposed to make smaller publishers viable, but it seems like big, popular publishers are winning.
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2017, 09:57:44 AM »

The internet was supposed to make smaller publishers viable, but it seems like big, popular publishers are winning.

Oh, you missed the memo. The Internet has been sold out to the corporations. Little people have no place on the web anymore. And, with Congress out to undermine every avenue of free speech, it's only gonna get worse.
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claws
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 01:47:33 PM »

never heard of sff.net until now  Buggedout
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Pacman000
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2017, 01:21:34 PM »

The internet was supposed to make smaller publishers viable, but it seems like big, popular publishers are winning.

Oh, you missed the memo. The Internet has been sold out to the corporations. Little people have no place on the web anymore. And, with Congress out to undermine every avenue of free speech, it's only gonna get worse.
I don't mind corporations per say; they're just a way of organizing financial resources for large projects.  I am concerned about a few big, powerful companies who seem to have taken over the web. That's too much power for anyone to have.
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AlbertMond
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 02:09:23 AM »

The internet was supposed to make smaller publishers viable, but it seems like big, popular publishers are winning.

Oh, you missed the memo. The Internet has been sold out to the corporations. Little people have no place on the web anymore. And, with Congress out to undermine every avenue of free speech, it's only gonna get worse.

Yeah, this is a real problem.
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