I'm starting this thread to discuss the issue, not to bash the EpicSki Team nor the Huddler.com folks. I'm going on the assumption that everyone's intentions are good, and hopes are high. I think I've met almost everyone on the Epic team over the years, skied or prowled wine bars with them, and some of them I count as good friends outside of cyberspace and off-hill. I don't know Dan Gill nor had ever heard about Huddler.com before this launch, but Dan sounds very engaged, accessible, excited, and eager to make this work. All good stuff from good people.
However: Huddler.com is a spankin' new Bay Area Internet Startup that according to Huddler's info at Tradevibes.com that was only founded in 2007, and launched its first site in March 2008. Less than a year ago, and Epic appears to be its first non-Huddler-branded and non-Huddler-subdomain site.
This could be a fabulous opportunity for both Epic and Huddler. But in this economy especially, it also could be an Epic disaster.
The social networking, special-interest community, wiki, and product review overlapping spheres of site categories is already pretty full. In a robust economy maybe there is room for more. But we're nowhere near being back in a robust economy.
Now, rather than a site run and controlled by the EpicSki team on software and servers owned or leased by EpicSki, Epic is a hosted product on a brand-new startup's system.
I'm willing to accept that Huddler likely has some fabulous features that we'll see more of and begin to understand and appreciate. I'm also really encouraged by what the team and Dan have posted about customizations for Epic. OK, not all of them are done yet, but I see the responsiveness happening. I'd love for Huddler.com to be a successful venture - anything that keeps computer geeks employed is great with me! They do seem to have an interesting twist on the community website angle.
But what's the EpicSki corporate business continuity plan if Huddler.com goes bust? Did you think of this? Do you have one? Do you have a migration plan of the forum database back to Epic-controlled software/servers if Huddler closes down tomorrow? Or in 5 months?
I'm NOT wishing this on Huddler or Epic. But as a long-time member, supporter, and somebody who feels like a bit of a stakeholder as well as a friend to many here, I'd surely like to know that there's a way to resurrect EpicSki and the forums, including membership and all historical posts, independent of a small internet startup in a horrible economy.
I also hope that never has to be used.
Edited by MarkXS - Sun, 01 Feb 09 17:25:36 GMT