Congratulations to Mike on an investment that paid off!!!
He put a good solid 17 - 18 years into WOO to make it the Go-To site for gambling information on the net. I remember using it back in '02 to learn how to play Pai Gow, Craps, and the other games. I remember printing his cards for blackjack strategy.
Certainly, Mike shared the visits and page views with Chan, and Chan decided that a site getting that many page views has the potential to have a good return on investment and may drive traffic to his casino sites and affiliates.
Mike deserves every penny.
As for the privacy thing, I am absolutely positive that this site has been mined by every bot out there looking for our information. Now the new owners will have access to our PMs and our email addresses, and deleting them now doesn't mean that they won't be available on a backup somewhere or archived. But whenever we put something out there, be it a PM or anything that is sitting in a database, it can be mined and we should expect it to be so.
And for all of you saying, "my privacy, my privacy", you had chance to jump ship when Mike publicly stated that he was thinking about ditching the sites to generate some money. At that point in time, those who were privacy-conscious should have thought about that.
Here's a thought. Change the DB program to allow us to delete our consciousness from WoV, somewhere where we can login and hit a "delete all my WoV activity" button and have all of our posted be replaced by the word "deleted", and then remove our PMs and replace our email address with an firstname.lastname@example.org and change our password to something randomly generated, a "nuke my account" button, per se.
So, personally, I say THANKS Mike for giving the thousands of us a great forum to discuss math, gambling, ObamaCare, HotBlonde's weight loss, and other stuff. THANKS Mike for providing WOO, the only truly non-biased and authorative site to discuss the true math of gambling. THANKS for spending the tens of thousands of hours to help turn noobs into ploppies into knowledgeable gamblers and a few APs to boot. THANKS for giving me this source of entertainment.
You want the truth! You can't handle the truth!