On the front page of Brickshelf, the following notice appears:
Notice: Brickshelf will not be shutting down!
We will be offering "featured" accounts for $5/month shortly.
We have received hundreds of supportive emails in the past few days including many who said they would like to contribute financially but did not know how. This has had us rethink the practicality of charging for enhanced features.We plan to do this without reducing current functionality for free users. Thank you for your enormous show of support. IMPORTANT: do NOT try to download the entire site, it causes major problems, slows things down for normal users and you will be permanently blocked.
There is also an announcement from Kevin on Brickshelf.
A few things:
Thank you to everyone in the community for all of your efforts to save users' folder. Please, though, respect Kevin's wishes and discontinue this effort.
I would, of course, always keep a full backup of your own stuff.
Let's all do what we can to support Brickshelf in the future. If you can donate, please do so. If you can upgrade to the "featured" accounts that Kevin plans, please do so.
Some other sites have sprung up in response to this crisis, so I'll try to follow those as well. I'm particularly happy about Sean Kenney's upgrades to MOCpages.
VignetteBricks and MicroBricks will continue, as before, to feature great vig and micro MOCs. I'll be happy to get away from all of this crisis mode and back to the hobby we all love.