This thread is intended to act as a way to gather some of the many questions that are repeatedly addressed, but lost in the fog of thread drift and decay. Only elves can post to this thread, but anyone is free to ask a question. PM the Elves with a question you'd like answered publicly. You can send it to an individual elf if you like. Who are they?
The elves are all SP members who assist in the management of the site, unpaid. The site is owned by Josh and Ryle who put it together as a fun exercise a number of years ago as a way to combine their coding and climbing skills. They lost interest in the day to day machinations of the site and turned it over to the elves to manage. The elves do not have access to the source code and cannot make any changes to it. We can edit/delete pages, manage the forums, and such, but make no real improvements. Matt, allowed access to the code by the owners, acts as technician of sorts when things break, but that's about it.
We haven't heard from Josh or Ryle in a few years, but as far as we know they have no interest in selling the site, but are happy to leave it just as it is. Indications we have gotten are that they have both done well in business after creating SP and are actively pursuing other interests. It would be a mistake to believe that SP is any sort of real income to them, as all indications are that the ads generate about enough income to pay for the server space the site runs on.