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2017-03-22 19:14:04
I would be happy to assist with testing. I am not sure about that host. Why don't we just ask for donations from members to cover the hosting? As much as we spend on our cars, we could probably easily cover the hosting for several years through a reliable host like GoDaddy or InMotion.
2017-03-22 22:35:37
The host I've chosen should be the cheapest optional available once the forum software is re-written. It is also such a nice host, I've fallen in love with it. I really don't want to go with anything else.

As for donations... There will be a drive to encourage folks to join the forum supporter ranks eventually. I hope to increase forum support by reducing the price of forum supporter accounts, and adding a few other touches (like allowing forum supporters to disable ads if they prefer).

Right now things are moving along very nicely with the re-write, and there are solid plans to keep the forum solvent. More to come...

I can't believe you'd even mention GoDaddy. Absolutely not. Net neutrality is too important to give them money.
Last edited by BenFenner on 2017-04-04 at 22-39-38.
2017-03-28 16:45:42
That's terrible to learn that GoDaddy wants to defeat Internet Neutrality.
2017-03-28 21:44:38

I've completed a ton of the ground work for the new forum software. I have users converted, a permissions system in place, some BBCode parsing, user login and guest viewing, dynamic routing for SEO-friendly URLs, and some other things.
Pages that do work, are nearly pixel-perfect copies of what you're used to. I think people will be pleasantly surprised.

Along with that, I have the new TLS certificate working, modern user password hashing, etc.
(Chrome and Google should be very happy.)

As for functionality I promised in the initial release... "new user registration, outgoing emails, user login, posts, PMs, and chat" a good bit of that is still left to do. Actually, almost all of it is left to do (user login is complete though). I decided to add user profile pages to the list and tackle it first since it seemed manageable and important. New user registration and outgoing e-mails might be next, we'll see...

I'm going to be in the forum chat letting folks beta test the new software tonight if anyone is interested, since there is something to show and I want to knock out any issues early.
2017-03-29 11:41:12

Beta testing went great. No issues so far.

Next up is new user registration and outgoing e-mails.
2017-04-01 12:57:37
Greatly appreciate the time and effort you have put into this. I know 'time' is a commodity many of us don't have... or manage well enough.

Keep up the great work, sir.
2017-04-02 22:31:22

Getting user registration to work involves a lot more aspects than I expected. For example, the forum rules are presented to new users to accept, so those needed to be converted over.
I made lots of good progress this week though, and expect everything related to new user registration to be completed in the next day or two. All except the outgoing e-mail aspect. That may take a little more time, and I will tackle that next.
2017-04-03 17:27:48
big thanks for spearheading this ...I am so glad people still care about this forum because social media is getting too wacky for me lately.
2017-04-06 23:43:11

New user registration is complete, except for the out-going e-mail verification. I will get that working next.
After that, I'll do a second round of beta testing.
2017-04-08 00:05:34
Youda'man, mang!
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