LET IT NOT END!
Posted Jul 25, 2002 20:32 UTC (Thu) by rmdirms
In reply to: Good Luck
Parent article: The end of the road
How can we help? Would it help if we created a mass-solicitation from:
There has to be a way that LWN can sever the common interests of those and other profitable companies?
Maybe they can for a few months offer "limp-along" assistance which they could write off or write down as expenses (minus the Whirled-Bomb-Itis (Think of the bumber sticker "Visualize Whirled Peas" pun on "Visualize World Peace")).
I am SURE that having made a near full return on their billion $ investment in Linux, IBM would feel proud to help keep a live a vibrant forum. If anything, maybe IBM or others could share communications vehicles, if they can do it without any strings attached to LWN.
Failing that, try the Blender Fans approach: Distribute LWN across multiple machines and find content (vs contented) collaborators who can work with the staff editors. I just signed on... You guys & girls can't go away.
Have you tried the marketing departments of major companies. If just 10 of them provided $2,000 per month--on a short-term basis-- I imagine that would be a tremendous boon.
Have you tried adapting your site and setup to assisting (for support fees) companies? I am assuming that your talent base is sufficent to create a consultancy to other businesses. Are you guys "incorporated"? Try incorporating (I incorporated Java, Bytes n Bites (see my site www.jabybi.com) for about $150. I could not get funding, due to my single-owner with too much personal debt and existing 2nd mortgage on my home.)
With your multiple employees' talents, maybe you all could pledge SOME small amount of money (and with donations from those of us not laid off or subsisting on meager reserves and vanishing unemployment checks) sufficient enough for a banker or IBM (acting as a banker) to jumpstart you into a for-profit consultancy. I'm just (lame-)brain-storming, but you guys have talent which you could leverage.
YOU CAN DO IT!
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