Glen Hauman interviews the scans_daily moderators over at ComicMix, and it’s interesting on many levels.
ComicMix: What do you know about the circumstances of the shutdown? Has LiveJournal told you what prompted the shutdown? Were you given any warning, or any ability to address the situation?
Stubbleupdate: I crawled out of bed on Saturday morning (which meant that the community would have been deleted late evening/night on Friday, America time) and saw that my inbox had a lot of LJ friends requests from people on the community. I get that sometimes, but four overnight is unusual. They all wanted to know where the community had gone, which is the first that I had heard of it. A lot can happen in six hours on the internet.
We’ll drink to that. Later on, there’s this:
Rabican: We don’t have any hard data about this, but honestly, as moderators of an 8000+ member community … we didn’t really have the time. Still, the distinction needs to be made between 8000 people on an online community and 8000 people scattered throughout the comics-buying audience. Yes, many of us on s_d did share the same tastes (ironically, there was a strong Peter David fan contingent), but I would be surprised if any title besides the most popular, best-selling comics broke more than 1,000 buyers from our membership. (That’s just a ballpark guess, since we’ve never taken polls and have a lot of lurkers anyway.) Eight thousand people is a large number, but 1,100 buyers of New Avengers here, 600 people with Invincible on their pull lists there … that’s just going to vanish in larger market fluctuations.
We hadn’t realized that the scans_daily community was larger than the paid circulation of all but a handful of periodical comics not published by Marvel and DC (and more than quite a few comics published by Marvel and DC). To all those people who said that exposure on scans_daily meant greater sales, wouldn’t it make sense for periodical comics sales (other than stunt event comics) to be RISING rather than falling? Yes, we know that free sampling works, but we must have taken stupid pills today because we just don’t get it.
A few people have linked to this post at Mightygodking as being of interest, but we couldn’t tell you exactly why.