I don't know if any of you have read about this -- see this message from the NING directors: http://creators.ning.com/forum/topics/ning-update
-- but it looks like if we don't pay NING, this network will be shut down, and everything created here, all of the information shared, will be lost for good.
As the person who set up the network early in 2008, as an alternative to something else that was then to be shut down, this is pretty depressing. I never would have wanted to entice so many people into one particular corner of the Web, only to see it commercialized and/or shut down...as happens so often on the Web.
Personally, I would recommend to everyone to start saving copies of anything and everything they find on this site, and to perhaps think of alternatives for this network.