Originally Posted by thg
As a popular blog series, it seems to me that keeping a site actively linked is an obligation. Not just regular traffic and maintenance, but also having that new material, upgrades to stay current with whatever format they're using on the others, and surely lots of other little things I'm not thinking of.
Originally Posted by etphoto
If they don't, that's unprofessional and hurts the reputation of all the other pages that the weakest site is linked to. So yeah, at the end of the day, if they looked at it and said, "We can't generate enough revenue with this to cover full upkeep anymore," then how can we ask them to do it anyway?
This is why I teasingly wished them success "if only to keep the lights on here." If they're doing good business they can leave up the old websites and pay for that traffic; great! But if staying linked hurts them globally that could mean MN slides to the point that everybody loses. All that's changed is how they market the websites to go with the times while still supporting the readers and communities as best they can. So yes, that seems like a simple, gracious, and elegant solution to me!
The idea of a hub page on "Other OSes" is neat, but as pointed out already, that was suggested and sounds like it didn't go anywhere. :-/