Thank you for your thoughtful remarks. They are much appreciated.
My comments were intended to apply only to the work I have done on reverse engineering and cloning recipes of others. I estimate that there are around 40 clone "projects" on the forum. I have been involved in one way or another in over thirty of them. It is clear that clones are very popular among visitors to the forum as evidenced by the very high page view counts of the clone threads, including this one (five of the ten forum topics with the largest number of page views are clone threads and #11 is also a clone thread). Yet, for all of the time and effort and research that has gone into those projects, it has not resulted in any perceptible broadening of participation of members on the forum or any noticeable increase in forum activity and no appreciable increase in members willing to support the forum through donations. While some members and visitors have benefited, mostly recipe seekers (many of whom register only to search for them), the forum itself has not in my opinion. It is said that Albert Einstein once described insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So, it is perhaps timely and fitting that I bring my reverse engineering and cloning efforts to a close even though I had fun doing it and learned a lot from it. I will, of course, continue to work on open cloning projects until they reach closure. And I will post on other matters and topics.
As to what will happen to my posts, and those of other members, is solely in the hands of Steve, the owner of this forum. Life is fragile and things happen that can intervene and dictate future events in unanticipated ways. So, there is no guarantee that a forum like this one survives into perpetuity. The day may come where someone clicks on a link to the forum and gets a Page Not Found message. Hopefully the posts won't vanish into the ethers, but who knows? Or maybe they will end up in the archives of the Wayback Machine.