Beowulf wrote:A cool thing to come out of all this is if the org dies, the quality of videos will SKY ROCKET since people will have to pay for their own hosting again. The community will also be much smaller but again of a much higher quality since the people who are there will have worked a bit harder to get their.
I doubt this. Unless you're speaking of 'wuality' in terms of editing, and not video or audio quality.
Before the donut, there were people like me who leeched off free hosting sites, and to be able to do that, we had to have really tiny file sizes.
Not to mention that, while a lot of people were really nice and hosting new noobs' work, you would still feel rather guilty about making the file too big and abusing someone else's bandwidth(Or at least I did).
And of course, if you couldn't pay for a lot of space, you just rotated which AMVs you hosted. I know someone used to host one AMV a week, and it wasn't that large of a file, either.
So quality of editing? Probably will rise. Quality of source? Not so much.
Plus, Vegita's got a point, if we close down, everyone's just going to move to the 'tube.
But, all things aside, if the site is forced to shut down, could we not just go back to cataloging only? I mean, we could even not allow links to videos, just have catalogs. of who created what, where, and when.
Then perhaps the forums could stay, as long as it was "against the rules" the post any of your work on the forums, or anywhere on the site. That way, at least the community could stick together(for a bit, I guess) and maybe skirt by in the clear...
But I am not too familiar with law.
Probably not the best time to bring this up... But I have opposed the donut from the start. Always thought it was a bad idea. I donate to the site for the site and phade and my support of the hobby. Not for the hosting.