You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Til It’s Gone
Many of us didn’t fully appreciate the TCCN until it was no longer available. TCCN had become, for many users, the best place to learn about our classic Cougars and to get the technical information needed to fix the most common problems. And even if your car didn’t have a problem today it served as a wonderful place to while away the hours thinking about all of the things you might someday want to do to your Cougar.
After doing a complete revamp of the site several years ago, when TCCN officially became TCCN II, Steve Eitzen knew exactly what he faced if he tried to bring the site up to a more modern standard once again. Faced with such a huge task, he made the decision to shutter the site. Steve has let it be known that he might be willing to entertain serious offers if someone or some group were willing to purchase the site.
Putting a price on something like this is challenging. I suspect that given the depth of the site, and the number of photographs and the amount of research that was involved, that the site could not be duplicated, no matter what the budget was. However, the number we are hearing is around $20,000, and that would include pretty much everything Cougar-related that Steve has to offer.
So I put the question to the Cougar Community: What would it be worth to YOU to have TCCN back online? You can tell us what you think by voting in the poll at right.
The devil is in the details… I suspect many of you are thinking about the who, what, when, and where, and I have to admit that there is no fully developed plan. I think all of us are smarter than any one of us so let’s hear your ideas. Since I am the one putting this out there here are a few ideas to kick things off.
First of all, I would personally guarantee that the site would be up and available by pre-paying hosting for the first 5 years. Should I ever fail to be able to host the site, the material would be transferred to the Cougar Club of America or some other group who could provide hosting. I would be very happy to work with anyone that has a better idea for how the community at large could retain ownership.
- Donors would all be listed on an honor roll.
- Major donors (>=$100?) would also get a plaque to signify their contribution.
- I can also envision window stickers, or dash plaques for other donors.
- I think that I can do a little arm twisting to get at least one of the Cougar parts vendors to provide a discount (5% on purchases over $100?) to major donors.
What else can we do to honor those that have supported the site?
The site would continue to be independent; that is, the URL would remain exactly as it is today. It would not become a part of this or any other site.
So what are your ideas? Is it worth even attempting to save it? You can comment here, or in the forums on MercuryCougar.net.