First, I would like to thank everyone for the many supportive comments I have received – now over 1,000! The outreach from people offering help in various forms has been overwhelming and very much appreciated. It is times like these that I am comforted by the unity of our community.
I have personally read through all of your comments, and would like to take the time to respond to some common concerns.
1. Privacy and Safety – All of your information is still located on servers that are under my former partner’s control. None of your information has been altered, compromised, or sent into random cyberspace due to my redirecting the domain.
It is as safe as it has always been.
2. Proper Notice – Again, I apologize that I was unable to specifically give users notice that the site was coming down. I know that many of you have lost connections, and I sincerely apologize for that. Since my partner owns the servers, as previously stated, he has control over what is posted on CM. I can swear to you that I gave my partner 48 hours notice before I redirected the site. If he failed to properly notify users, there was little to nothing I could do about that. I have no control over the content or any text/notifications posted there. I never wanted to see CM come down. I have worked on this site for over a decade and no one wanted it to succeed more than me. The fact that I poured blood, sweat, and tears into this site without compensation for many years proves that. Over the past 8 months, I have simply wanted to be paid for my work as outlined by the contract my partner and I signed. For those of you who have noted that what I have done is poor business practice, I would point out that a fundamental tenant of business is to pay employees without which your business would not operate. As soon as the contractual obligations my partner agreed to are fulfilled, the site will return to its old home.
3. Honesty – Finally, I realize my story is uncorroborated. Some of you have stated that you are skeptical of what I have written. And understandably so. I would like to do as much as I can to verify all I have said, specifically about my former partner. Similarly, many of you have asked to hear his side of the story or to contact him. Due to legal and confidentiality obligations, however, I am unable to post specific documentation regarding these claims. However, should this dispute end up in litigation, everything not prohibited by a specific court order, including the identity of my partner will be posted here, so you can solicit his side of the story.
In closing, I want to reiterate my thankfulness to all who have reached out to me, and have shared well wishes for me and my family. I also want to reiterate that I am working tirelessly to resolve this dispute and return CM to this domain.