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Site Related Forum | plane-mad.com into the future (part 2)
To cut a long story short, I think it is fair to say, that, with the blessing of Simon Hill and the rest of his immediate family, I have effectively inherited ownership of the P-M website. That said, I never for one moment envisaged 'taking charge' of P-M. To put it bluntly, I am doing what I'm doing purely and simply because I think it's a brilliant website and because I'd hate to see all of Dan's hard work go to waste.
So far as I'm concerned, now that ownership of the hosting account and domain name have been transferred to me, my job is done. Indeed, I cannot help thinking that the mods/screeners are the people best qualified to 'micro-manage' P-M on a day-to-day basis. Hence, the reason why I would prefer that we establish some sort of 'mini co-operative' (I hesitate to use the term 'committee'), i.e. rather than having one person (me) running the show. That way, we (hopefully) ensure that the site is run on a democratic basis, whilst also avoiding a repeat of the current situation whereby 'the boss' unexpectedly shuffles off this mortal coil and those who are left behind have to pick up the pieces. That's not in any way meant to be a criticism of Dan, but I think you will agree that it would be to everyone's advantage if we came up with a solution that avoided us having to jump through so many hoops next time round.
Going forward, I am also minded to set up a bank account in the name of P-M, i.e. as opposed to one individual being solely responsible for all things financial. To facilitate this, P-M will need to be converted into an 'unincorporated association', the name of which can then be registered with the Registrar of Business Names, thereby also allowing us to apply for charitable status. Provided our application is successful, we will not have to pay tax on any income which may be generated from Dan's GoogleAdsense account, the proceeds of which are used to underwrite the cost of hosting the site on AWS. The procedure to be followed in setting up an 'unincorporated association' is not particularly complex and, in my humble opinion, going down this route could potentially save us a lot of grief in the future.
Well, that's about it for now, but, before I sign off, can I just say that none of the above is cast in stone and, if anyone reading this has any alternative suggestions as to how P-M should be managed in the future, then I would be very pleased to hear from them.
Having the website being run by a few people rather than one individual does sound like a good idea as plane mad has always been a community website. There's a lot of members here who have been with the site for years so I don't think finding people responsible enough would be a problem.
As Sam said this has always been a community site.
You guys have done a fantastic job in keeping this going with everything that has happened. Lets hope this great site goes from strength to strength.
You will, I am sure, be pleased to learn that, amongst other things, we have now succeeded in obtaining access to the membership database and, therefore, have the ability to temporarily suspend and/or permanently ban any members who step out of line.
I hope that we can, as Trotsenstein said, get this site back to how it was and try and regain some of its past reputation.
The members co-op thing isn't a bad analogy. That way there is decision making built on consensus and the site can start to pay its own way. I can't see it ever being a moneymaker because there just isn't the flood of banners and pop-ups that lesser sites need to generate their income. No bad thing.
We do need a focus though, and I'm glad it is James who has all the right abilities to be able to manage it well with a good team round him.
Agreed It seems that since the Forum was closed Some of the instigators have 'Departed' From the site..It's like they were only here to cause arguments... But Yes I believe we've served our time, I'm not trying to cause any arguments here just Stating my opinion :')
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