Read about it here: https://webnews.sff.net/read?cmd=read&group=sff.admin.announce&artnum=935
The full text (since this blog will outlive that link):
|Subject:||End of an Era|
|Date:||Wed 18 Jan 2017 12:36:07p|
Dear SFF Netters,
We are sad to announce that, after 20 years, SFF Net is going offline. Although the reasons are prosaic (increasing costs, diminishing revenue), our deep regret is that we will be unable to continue serving our loyal friends. SFF Net has, at the core, been about online friendships, shared interests, and shared lives.
We deeply appreciate each of you who’ve joined us (and stuck with us) over the years.
We will be taking services offline on March 31, 2017.
We will not be doing any further billing. This transition period is without charge. If you have paid in advance, we will issue a pro-rated refund before we turn out the lights. If you have a payment coming up, please don’t send it. Please cancel any automated payments. If you have recently mailed a check, we will shred it instead of depositing it.
If you have an SFF Net People page:
We will be unable to continue providing People Pages as of March 31, 2017. However, we can redirect your People Page link to another website. See https://www.sff.net/transition.asp for details. Note that the final destination for your People Page link may be your own domain, your blog page, your Facebook page, etc., or a copy of your People Page hosted elsewhere.
If you have an @sff.net email account:
You will be unable to send email from your @sff.net address as of March 31, 2017. However, if you have an email address elsewhere, we will be able to forward mail sent to your @sff.net address. See https://www.sff.net/transition.asp for details.
If you have a domain hosted with us:
Your site can be moved. You’ll need to transfer to a new provider before March 31, 2017. See https://www.sff.net/domaintransfer.asp for details, instructions, and hosting recommendations.
The SFF Net newsgroups/WebNews will be discontinued.
Sorry. There is no feasible way to forward or reproduce this functionality elsewhere. The newsgroups will go offline. Although not a substitute, we have created an SFF Net Facebook page where you may still interact with others from our community. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/sffnet/
If you want to keep an archival copy of your newsgroup, be sure to access https://www.sff.net/archives/ to download your files before March 31, 2017.
We will be posting updates/changes in the Announcements Newsgroup: https://webnews.sff.net/read?cmd=xover&group=sff.admin.announce
We will also post notices to our Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/sffnet
You may ask questions in the Helpdesk newsgroup: https://webnews.sff.net/read?cmd=xover&group=sff.admin.help-desk
If you have questions, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware this will be an extraordinarily busy period for us, so it may take some time for us to respond. Don’t panic, we’ll get all of your questions sorted. We won’t leave you stranded.
This notice is available as a web page at https://www.sff.net/closingnotice.asp
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