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Mark Schieldrop May 31, 2014 at 07:35 AM
Why would we pull the plug on something that is in the process of a turnaround? You might live in a town I can't cover full time, and I understand your disappointment in that. But Patch isn't going away and a new platform is on the way. I've been with the company for almost four years now and one thing I learned is for every person making a comment like yours on the Patch, there are three or four people who contact me by phone or email thanking me for what I'm doing and to keep at it because it's needed and valuable. I have no problem with you disagreeing with that, but let's be realistic here. Pulling the plug on a company that is finally making money and on the right track is a bad business decision.
BOB I May 31, 2014 at 08:49 AM
the turn around and new platform has been happening for awhile and still nothing but the down hill slide. funny how a few months back it was good, then everyone quit. lets be realistic it don't appear to be anything but down hill.
Mark Schieldrop May 31, 2014 at 09:24 AM
You might be getting bad information from someone if you're being told that "everyone quit." In any case, our story has been widely discussed and it's not over, but thanks for the feedback and I hope as we grow and evolve you feel more optimistic about the Patch. Have a good weekend.
NK Parent May 31, 2014 at 03:22 PM
LOL. He sure is getting bad information if he was told "everyone quit." He should have been told "everyone got fired." Looking forward to the turnaround. When can you share what the new platform is going to look like?
Bill the 1st June 01, 2014 at 11:20 AM
FWIW, BOB I isn't wrong in his opinion that Patch has gone from local to State+Trending+Pit Bull. Mark may have additional information that the rest of us don't have. However, all I we, the users, have seen is a new comment format which 90% of the time gives an HTML div block or a bunch of XML or just disallows commenting all together. Further, it's been months since the "new platform" was coming. As far as I have seen, there have been no projected dates or update notices or anything. Lastly, if the site is finally profitable with little to no content and one Editor for a State of 1,000,000 people, I have no reason to believe it can be profitable when the alleged new platform goes live without significantly increasing staff levels, making it unprofitable again.

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