EA117 wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:14 pm
... The problem I could envision having with "a new owner" is that they want to change the subject of the board, and begin contacting members about subjects the users would have never joined a board for, never would have opted into, or never would have agreed to provide their contact information for. But that's not "a sale problem", because you can have exactly that same issue even if the board is still under control of the original founders. That's a "you got me to join this board, and then changed what it was about", regardless of operator.
Frankly , whether it's a sale or a giveaway doesn't make much of a difference to me. When signing up the user agreed to a set of rules, and in most cases that set of rules wouldn't have included statements regarding ownership of the board. But some rules don't have to be explicitly written for them to be inherently present.
When a board is sold, it is a commercial action and the seller has financial gain thanks to content you (as user) provided. He's actually selling your content (+ private data). Without the content, the board wouldn't be worth buying anyway.
Anyway: the main reason I replied to this topic was to emphasise that selling a board is more than just selling the domain/hosting/ software.
GDPR actually made the public (at least a small part of) realise that their data was/is being (mis)used for financial benefit (rephrased by commercial sector as: to give the public a better experience).
My point is not that a board shouldn't be sold, but that users should have the option to have all
private data removed (and in certain cases content also).
Note that I wrote all
in italics. Forums usually require a username to be given, but not the real name so whether a username can be considered private data is up for discussion.