I am not in any way privy to all or any of the details, but I have to say, people are reading FAR more into this from a very myopic perspective. When Moxie went away, JWR almost bit the dust. It almost didn't make it. Rifter stepped in and made it happen--I don't know why or what his motivations were, only that he did. We had the site for a few more years, even when it was financially not very easy for him. He stuck with it. He kept making it happen.
The bottom line is, even though YES, for sure, we are/were a community--and the commiseration and understanding that comes from shared life experiences is not to be dismissed--JWR could not ever completely replace the services of a qualified therapist. I know people are not going to agree with me on this; hate me all you want, I get it, but all the same, our words and support, however helpful, can't replace the efficacy of a licensed professional.
So, now, I ask you to put yourself back in Rifter's shoes. You have a few dedicated people like the Helen T's of the site, who try very hard to be welcoming and understanding, even though they are obviously well along in their journey. You have a few dedicated members who just want to stir up shit and act like little petty punks whom you feel obligated to babysit and micromanage, CONSTANTLY shit disturbing in obnoxious, fractious ways, and you realize that not only do you have a life that you'd like to focus on, but you realize that there are several outlets (like reddit and JWD) for people to visit, plus, overall greater awareness in the psychiatric community and oh, yeah, you are not a licensed therapist. You can only give/do/share so much.
What do you do? Walk away, knowing there will be people who are bummed, people who are pissed off, judgmental STRANGERS who never even used your site castigating your choices, sad folks, naysayers, conspiracy theorists, and everybody in between, throwing shade and using inflammatory language just to stir the pot. Meanwhile, you've given much ground for people to vent, share, cry and lament the shitshow that is the JW existence, all while wanting to just drink a decent cup of coffee, watch a sunrise and live your fucking life.
Give it a fucking rest. When someone reaches their tether, you have to let it the fuck go. Personally, yeah, I want my fucking posts back. I want my words. But, obviously, I didn't cherish them enough to save them anywhere else, and that is on ME, nobody fucking else.
I can say with almost 100% certainty, I will not be frequenting any more ex-JW shit. This pisses me off. We have so many resources. Use them.