James, please let me address some statements of yours ..
But first ..
Re: Jay, I noticed that there was no possibility yesterday to begin new threads on your forum.
Which forum? UFAQ, the Community Forum? The only way you can't start a new thread is to not log in or the thread has been locked/closed, otherwise there are no problems.
Re: Jay... be serious ............
I am very serious, remember I am on the INSIDE looking out an you're on the OUTSIDE looking in so therefore I have inside information and when I say "it ain't over until it's over" I am quite serious. I have stated more than once publicly that we have had some serious inquiries to obtain the brand. We are in the midst of investigating the inquiries. My statement AND my credibility stand. And when I said better and more exciting things to come that was an accurate statement "at the time". Things changed quite rapidly, one of our top engineers moved on to greener pastures, etc. Things can change in a heartbeat ... sorry, those are the facts.
Re: Navigator will not be updated from February 1st and on. Will it make you more vulnerable?
Re: Petitions are useless
They can be, in terms of who they are directed to. In this case, the petition to AOL is useless but at the same time may prove significant to show user interest to someone else that may be considering the brand. There was no "petition" to revive Netscape 7.2, it was just a "poll" to see how much interest there was. Polls are not petitions. And FYI, there was interest by the Netscape Staff at one time in reviving 7.2, hence the poll.
Re: Navigator is a clone with a few extras thrown in
Yes, common knowledge that it's a "clone", "reskinned", "rebadged" and all the other juvenile cliches when used in some contexts. However, there is a lot more to NN 9 feature-wise as opposed to Firefox. The two favorites of mine are "Restart Navigator" and the abilitiy to drag a text area to resize it on-the-fly. There is a lot more unique features to NN 9 as well.
Re: I find it ironic that the UFAQ site has removed its download NN9 link
The link to the NN 9 download was not removed, just moved to the side (right side), been there the last couple of months BTW. I moved it so that I could use the space to enter the clarification text. Also, there has been a link to 18.104.22.168 under the Netscape Archives on the right side middle of the index page. Instead of "trashing" the UFAQ why didn't you simply ASK what happened to the link. In other words "look before you leap"
Re: Navigator became a stand-alone browser but only after Firefox pioneered this innovation
Nope, Navigator was the first with a stand-alone browser when Navigator 0.9 and 1 was released. The suite was released shorty afterwards. Netscape 7.2 has a stand-alone browser download available as well. IE is a standalone browser and does not contain an email component. So .. Firefox didn't pioneer or innovate anything at all in that respect.
Re: will be further reduced as support is cut in the near future.
I hope you're referring to AOL/Netscape's ceasing to provide "support" by discontinuing upgrades and updates after February 1st. Otherwise, end-user support will continue as long as there is an Internet and users are running any version of Netscape/Navigator. Support will continue here on Sillydog as well as on the UFAQ.
As regards your statement concerning why we are pushing Firefox on the UFAQ and in other venues. May I call your attention to this passage from the announcement by Tom Drapeau, to wit:
Q: Will I still be able to use Netscape?
A: You will still be able to download old versions of Netscape from the Netscape Archive (link coming). However, these products are no longer supported. Our recommendation for the nostalgic out there is to download Mozilla Firefox, and add on the Netscape theme and Netscape extensions which are available here:
This way you'll have a current web browser that is very secure, and has the look and feel you have grown accustomed to with Netscape.
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:22.214.171.124pre) Gecko/20071206 Firefox/126.96.36.199 Navigator/188.8.131.52