I would like to set the record straight on many things with AntigoBuzz. First off, the reason the site was removed is due to a somewhat common scam that domain name registrars use, which I won't get into since that company still has some control of things.
Secondly, the website was put up for good reasons, although people just seemed to use it to bash others. I was put in a spot as to whether to let ALL posts and comments go through or to moderate and censor, so I choose not to censor. For those who don't realize it, blogs are NOT news stories or anything like that, which was the point. Blogs are opinions, period, I never claimed it to be a "news" site.
Thirdly, the website was run by one person, not many, as some people thought, and a LOT of time and work was put into it. I tried to make it as useful as possible, but, again some people just wanted to bash others. Many of the sections took a lot of time, adding all the businesses manually, and all the cars in the "Autos" section manually. There was also postcards sent out to business when they received a review, so that they knew it was there and could respond to it and/or make changes (contrary to what someone posted on facebook, which just shows ignorance to me).
Fourth, the people who were bashed, in my opinion probably deserved it. The truth was told and that was that. I know one bar owner seemed very upset by that, but, hey, he shouldn't have said and done things like that. You can't go around stabbing people in the back and expect it not to come back to bite you. MAYBE some of that truth will help them to realize that they shouldn't be so arrogant and maybe they should think before they speak and stop talking behind others backs.
Fifth, although the bar owners were obviously not happy about some of the things being said about them, I would put money on it that the website was free advertising and helped them gain customers. I wouldn't expect a thank you or anything though.
Sixth, and probably THE most important thing, just like anything else, the site was put up to MAKE MONEY, and after 5 years of trying to make it worthwhile, the profits just weren't what I had hoped. Not that it didn't get a good amount of visitors, but Antigo is just too small in the realm of things. In order to work on bigger and better things, it was time to let it go anyway. Which brings up another point, about not having to use a login or a real name, when you have a website that you want to make money, you need to make it as easy as possible for people to comment, since comments help the site. It was a business decision.
Seventh, for all of you who are so adament in bashing me for the website, think about this, how much of the same type of thing do you see on the news websites? Even on facebook lately, where real names are used, people are very mean to each other and the news is pretty much all negative. It doesn't matter WHO says something, it is their opinion and for those who are always crying about "it's not right because people aren't using their real name", well, I think you just say that so that you can "discount" that person's opinion and that isn't right either. A person can defend themselves without knowing who made an accusation.
I do have a heart and the site was becoming very stressful, it is somewhat of a relief that it is done. I am still uncertain on the future of the site but I would like to THANK all my loyal visitors, commentors, and posters greatly!
I know many people were upset about the teachers deal, but, I feel that they deserved it, they should not be treated any different than others around here and I have first-hand knowledge of how "others" get treated. There are many things about Antigo that should be opened up and straightened out and that I will remain doing, one way or another.