Update (2/28/2011): We’ve found a way to keep Fiesta alive for good. See here for details.
We’ve got some sad news for you: we have decided to stop working on Fiesta and to shut the service down. If you’re interested in why, there are more details at the end of this post. If not, here’s the quick overview of how this affects you: we’ve made an export tool available on the list management page to export your lists. We’ve turned off the ability to create new lists, but your current lists will continue to function until March 1st. Hopefully that gives you time to find an alternate solution and coordinate with the other members of your lists. After March 1st, we’ll be turning off the servers that handle incoming email (so lists will no longer function). At that point all personal data will be permanently deleted.
We owe all of you a huge debt of gratitude for using Fiesta and making it so fun for us to work on over the past 13 months. We sincerely hope that it’s been a useful tool for you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to get in touch with me directly: email@example.com
We wish you way more than luck,
Mike and Dan
If you’ve read this far, it means you’re curious to hear about *why* we’re shutting down.
I started work on Fiesta as a reaction to a real problem - communicating with groups online is harder than it should be. I think that we’ve come really far with Fiesta and have solved a lot of the problems that we set out to solve. That said, it really has been a labor of love. Dan and I have worked tirelessly to get things to the point where they are now. While Fiesta has been growing rapidly, there is still a long way to go.
To be totally honest, I’ve lost the enthusiasm that is necessary to continue to work tirelessly on solving the problem. The reasons for that are probably too uninteresting to list here. The summary is that it seems to me that life is too short to spend time on something that I’m not 100% passionate about, so I’ve decided to stop spending time on Fiesta.
You may have some more questions:
Why not keep Fiesta running but spend less time on it?
Running a service like Fiesta is relatively expensive. There are financial costs (like paying for servers to host the service), but there are also time costs. Behind the scenes we do things every day like fighting spam (still partially a manual process even at really large scale services) and dealing with outages and unexpected issues. All of these things make the idea of putting Fiesta on “autopilot” impractical.
Why not sell Fiesta to someone who can keep it running?
If we found the right match, someone committed to the well-being of the users who have put their trust in us, we’d definitely consider this option. If you think you’re the right person to take over (or if you know the right person) definitely get in touch.
P.S. There are a lot of people who have supported us along the way and we owe a huge thanks to all of you. I’d like to single out Dogpatch Labs and Polaris for a particular thanks: we never would have made it this far without your support.