Apparently I'm on a different account than my original, gotta get that one backI also wanna know who Admin is lol. But man probably my first time on here quite a few years. Miss this place, still keeping mantids on and off though. The hobby has gotten quite a bit more popular from tik tok lmao
Understandable. However when I noticed that the older regulars were not reacting well, I may have turned it up a little much. I’ve had a similar situation on another forum and it was not pretty (pretty sure it was a hacker)Not to sound rude (I know it does) but you've been here all of three months, nobody owes you anything. I agree, they should have given a bit more information. See my previous post.
Thank you very much, Sarah!Thanks for the update @Peter Clausen! Good to know the forum hasn't been hacked! I too, was surprised to start getting daily activity updates from this forum in my email, which seemed fairly out of the blue, but so far I am enjoying it, and it has reinvigorated my interest in this forum a bit! I can't believe it's been 6 years since I started PanTerra Pets! But if it wasn't for this forum, PanTerra Pets never would have been, so this forum will always be special to me in that sense, so good to know the forum will still live on, even without the trusted ownership of Peter! AND THANK YOU AGAIN Peter, for all that you have done over the years to keep this forum going, I know we are all extremely grateful to you for that!
Thanks so much for the honest update Peter! and for all you do to help us bug lovers network. Always a pleasure to be involved; I hope the shift in responsibility and such are a wonderful relief!I concluded the deal to sell this forum to Group Builder a few days ago. Their post here definitely seems a little out of sequence, and understandably surprising, and I'll take partial responsibility for that in the sense that I have a convergence of other things happening right now that have kept me away from the forum for a couple days with respect to making an announcement post.
I suppose this is the new Admin's way of feeling the community out here. I'm not actually sure which rep from the company this is either, but I do know they represent a company with a strong history of success is growing communities. (I haven't read through page 2 of these posts yet though either. ).
I got the same message all of you did and it was a little odd in the context of us prior owners never having emailed anybody, but the bottom line is that this forum is now in very good hands for increasing membership here on the forum through their base of resources in the forum industry. Frankly, I would not have sold it to them if I didn't feel like they were going to manage it better than I did.
A quick thank you to Rick for shouldering the bulk of moderating duties for the ten or so years I owned the forum, and prior to it. And then to Orin who owned it before me, and remains on as a mod here as well as Rick and I for the time being.
Between this forum and its sister forums at Roachforum.com and Beetleforum.net, I spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $20K hosting them over the years. There were some forum supporters who contributed money on a yearly basis to help support this forum and I thank them.
Mantises will always be one of my favorite insect groups. When I put my website up 25 years ago, I didn't realize what was ahead. Looking back, I'm very happy with how everything has unfolded. I didn't so much choose the path my life has taken, but it was chosen mutually with all of you in cyberspace. Looking forward, I hope that this community is in better hands and that I see Orin and Rick down here at my new business Sky Island Adventures, and many of you as well.
Please welcome our new owner with open arms and give them a chance to do what they do best. Change doesn't happen overnight, but I'm confident it will happen and it will be favorable.
Finally, thank you to everybody that found the beauty in nature through mantises and their relationship to them.
Former Forum Owner
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