These guys came in made all these radical changes and expected that overnight they were going to make a profit.Here's the story, from the RBR website itself: "Said RBR-TVBR/Radio Ink EVP/GM TJ Lambert: 'This was an economic decision. Our intention was to offer Radio Discussions as an option to our advertisers but we found there was no interest and though we respect what Doug Fleming originally built, it simply does not make sense to pour cash into something with no prospect of revenue.'”
I'd post the link, but when I did, the post was rejected.
The thing that upsets me most about the closure of RD is that POOF everything was gone. I would like to see RD remain online so that the history of what was RD is preserved for future generations. To see that all gone just upsets me. If the RD owners would allow me to put that online as a frozen time capsule I would consider that an honor and it would be something I would do and host for FREE out of respect for all the posters at RD over the years and the Fleming family.
Unfortunately what you say appears to be true. When something no longer serves your purpose, you have the choice of throwing it way or giving it away. The latter is generally the right thing to do. If lack of monetization is the only issue I can't see what they have to gain by not letting someone else take over the site.The owners apparently saw the site as a money making machine and claim to respect Doug Fleming. But apparently, they decided otherwise and gave the loyal users the ultimate "F--- you". Such an apparently stupid thing to say and such disrespect to its users by blindsiding them with this.