Take it that no news is good news. We'll speak up when there's something to say. Thanks for your patience, Legionnaires.
I see we have over 150 members at this point, so the free service is out...
Since the moderators have made it easier to identify who holds that title (see "Who Are the Mysterious Moderators?"), it reminded me of a question or two I've had for a while.
One: A while back, Ning announced that it would start charging fees to groups that had a certain number of members. Given that part of the reason we moved here was to not have to pay any fees, we were told our moderators were considering options. Problem is, at the time it seemed moving to yet another host site wouldn't allow us to escape fees nor were there other sites that were any better in terms of functionality and storage. We're still here, so I suppose we decided to stay ... when did we, and why, specifically?
Two: For a good long while, the old board (or, or us old-timers, the last old board) was being maintained as an archive. But part of the reason we moved was that there was a cost to maintaining it, both in money and time tinkering with its internal mechanics. We were warned on at least two occasions that it would be going away, and for anyone who wished to go into it and save whatever posts or threads they cared to ... but after those warnings, it got a reprieve. Yet, somewhere along the way, it really, truly did go where old websites go to die. When and why did that happen?
"When and why did that happen?"
Don't know why, but I tried to look at the old forums about a month ago and got a "Server not found" message.
I think part of the reason we ended up staying here instead of moving on is that those on the moderating team with the real web know-how no longer had the extra time a different forum site would take. Ning is very low-maintainance for us behind-the-scenes.
I think--again--that the reason we were able to access the old archives so long is that it kept being auto-renewed but Cap finally canceled the payment.