one person decides to lay down the torch and the entire 2nd Gen community vanishes
Pretty much sums it up. Do you think people would bother participating in a new website now if one person can decide to just pull the plug one day and the whole thing just disappears into the ether? I'll tell you right now I won't be rushing to sign up.
I wish Jules the very best in life simply because her efforts have helped many people transition successfully. Not to mention all the suicides and mental breakdowns the site most assuredly prevented. And I realise she doesn't get nearly enough appreciation for what she does, but I'm too pissed off to say 'thank you' at the moment.
I strongly disagree with her snap decision to shut down the site overnight without any notice(the fact she might have mentioned it beforehand to some of her personal friends means nothing to me). I too only had contact with many people through that site, and the fact that we were literally cut off mid-conversation is, to put it nicely, just plain rude. It also smacks of a reactional response, which is not what I would expect from the Jules I came to know online. Which brings me to my next point.
I was of the impression that Jules had already taken a backseat regarding administrating the site. The last comment I remember her posting was about six months ago, and before that possibly even longer. To be honest the site seemed a bit abandoned lately(the spam messages staying months on end for example). So for her to come out of nowhere and shut the site down because of the "commitment" it required lately just doesn't make any sense to me. Of course I'm purely speculating here, but after having all communication completely cutoff overnight(except for the MyConclusion style 'thanks for coming' blog post) we're left with no option but to speculate.
I don't know, I doubt any of what I'm saying here will have any impact. This decision by Jules just seems a bit self destructive(which is something I guess many exers know about, myself included). I always thought MO was part of the solution not the problem.