It was announced some time ago that The Energy Collective was being taken over by the Power Industry Network (energycentral.com).
Perhaps associated with this, the site had some major slowdowns and technical problems for a week or two. Then all of a sudden it just went dark, with a message that maintenance was going on. Now all blog entry links redirect to a page about re-hosting. Those discussions appear to be toast; nobody will revisit them if they ever re-appear. This follows the last transfer from the Drupal blog software, in which ham-fisted conversion destroyed most of the formatting (and thus legibility) of existing posts and comments. Heaven only knows what will be left after this new crew gets done mangling it.
The new owners don't care about human factors like... readability. Comment text is colored #8D8D8D (very
light gray) on a white background. How are you supposed to read that? Do these clowns not know anyone who reads?
So far I've seen two new entries and one other comment from other TEC regulars. We'll see how many of them bother to come back. I'm betting it won't be many, as they've already found other things to do with their time.
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