Rumors about NING Platform closing all free groups/pages is getting stronger by the minute. If such rumor becomes real: Is there an alternate plan to keep us up? Would be a shame if  we lose all this information and contacts. Regards from Puerto Rico!

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The link is no proof that NING is closing down. I as owner haven't gotten a notice. Maybe a competition is going on and someone wants NING groups to move to the new place.

Where is the proof that NING is changing their policy?

Ruud
Go to www.ning.com and click on "An Update from Ning" dated April 16, 2010 in "From the Ning Blog" (for some reason, I'm not able to put the link directly here). The company's announcement is here as well as member responses.

I heard about it from the owner of another Ning art community I am in.
Here is the link (April 16, 2010)

http://blog.ning.com/2010/04/an-update-from-ning.html

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An Update from Ning

Posted by Jason Rosenthal on April 16, 2010 – 3:13 pm

Hi Everyone,

As many of you know, we made a decision yesterday to focus 100% of the company on enhancing the features and services we offer to paying Ning Creators. The tens of thousands of you who already use our paid service represent over 75% of our traffic, and we’ve heard repeatedly from you ways that we can deliver a killer service to help make your Ning Network more effective. Some examples of things we are working on that you’ve asked for include new APIs, a new mobile experience and new advertising and revenue opportunities.

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 its 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.
Wall Street Journal is reporting "Ning Moves to Phase Out Free Accounts"
4.19.2010

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703594404575192144067...
Mmmm well... that sucks!
I don't know if I want to pay to be part of the group :(
Just in case the group closes or starts charging to be a member I went to the post where all the mail-artist posted their addresses and copied all of them so if the site goes down at least I can still send out art.
If this happens can the group move to another server who can let us stay there for free? Who owns International Union of Mail-Artist? Do we know what their plans are?

Thank you.
The IUOMA platform is hosted for free at the NING platform. If they start to charge money for the hosting moving to another free environment could be an option. Saving all content from this platform will be a platform. Platforms that stay alive for longer and without advertising, those always cost money.

Who owns IUOMA? I thought of the concept, but the members form the IUOMA. If some are willing to sponsor the union, that would pay for the hosting if needed. If not, we'll see what happens.
news from NING:

An Update from Ning
Posted by Jason Rosenthal on April 16, 2010 – 3:13 pm

Hi Everyone,

As many of you know, we made a decision yesterday to focus 100% of the company on enhancing the features and services we offer to paying Ning Creators. The tens of thousands of you who already use our paid service represent over 75% of our traffic, and we’ve heard repeatedly from you ways that we can deliver a killer service to help make your Ning Network more effective. Some examples of things we are working on that you’ve asked for include new APIs, a new mobile experience and new advertising and revenue opportunities.

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.

source: www.ning com
Going to another place would also mean loosing all the content. An option would be that the once who can afford it sponsor the IUOMA, and the others would have the free access. Depending on the costs that NING asks that could work. If they charge like 10 bucks a month, the IUOMA-members could bring something up maybe? Otherwise I as a created would have to pay to keep this alive.

We will see and wait what happens. On may 4th Ning promissed to communicate. There are also petitions against this decision. Ning might loose a lot of visitors when they pull this through...?
We are now 1020 members...
how much could the fee be to keep the website?
We could each pay $1.00...
and should be could for a few years, no?
Hope so...sure would hate to lose all that is here :-(
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Since the problems are serious, I started a group about this subject. Will see if members join in and want to discuss options.

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