Ning, the company that provides the servers and software that CrimeSpace runs on, is no longer going to be free. Since its launch and since CrimeSpace's launch, Ning has been an advertising supported service, but this is about to change.
As part of this change, we’ll be phasing out our free service. On May 4, 2010, we will share with you all of the details of our new
offering, including features and price points, through a series of blog posts, emails, and conference calls. We recognize that there are many active Ning Networks for teachers, small non-profits, and individuals and it's our goal to have a set of product and pricing options that will
make sense for all of them. For Ning Creators using our free service who
choose to move to another service, we will offer a migration path and time to make that change. We will still continue to allow free trials
and test networks on the Ning Platform.
We look forward to talking to you further on May 4th.
Seeing as we have no idea what the pricing scheme is, I won't be making any decisions until then. They do mention a transition plan so I expect that CrimeSpace will run as normal for the next few months at least.
Just to make it clear, members won't be paying to use CrimeSpace, whatever happens. And I don't plan for CrimeSpace to die a horrible digital death in a ditch somewhere, covered in rotting binary code, with computer techs discussing the amount of electrical lividity as they decide on the time of death either.
For now, all I can say is if the new pricing is sensible I'll keep CrimeSpace going; if not, I'll keep it going while I research other options. Chances are that there will be some sort of affordable option to keep the site on Ning. And, personally, I'd rather do that than have to figure out a nice way to get 2,500+ members to move all their content to another site. It'd be like asking everyone at a warehouse party to move to another location because the cops are on their way.
There's a lot of speculation and great ideas in the other, more dramatically titled thread
, but I'd like to keep this info up here so people don't have to go searching through the comments to make sense of what's happening at CrimeSpace.
I'll let everyone know more about what's going on some time after May 4th, allowing for enough time for me to recover from the massive self-medication I will most probably spread out over an entire evening of escapism.
Or maybe after a small glass of scotch...