First of all, I'd like to apologize for the absence, it was simply not in my control due to irl circumstances. Lack of internet also played a role here, namely due to the fact I do not possess home internet access from living in a rural area, meaning I’m reliant on hotspots from a local library. It sucks but that’s the way life is in this area. These hotspot are not available constantly so there are long stretches where I *cannot* be physically around.
With my personal life keeping me from being able to do anything with the site, in addition to various login problems I was having due to software issues and the aforementioned internet, I had to simply take a break and come back when I could.
To answer this crystalizer, the rules I outlined should reinforce that things will be handled differently, as the rest of this post should clarify. I'm frankly not going to be as hardline on some grey area items but blatantly bad offenses such as criminal behavior? Instant removal. Plans for the site going forward will be detailed below.
Lair, to answer your’s, the current backend owner who was paying is rockboy aka Frozen Snow. How this came about was I had been faced with Cirevam leaving and likely shutting down the site then and there with no further access. This was until I approached him and convinced him to leave it up. It was then clear that I was going to inherit the costs, which I could not do. I then in turn reached out to Frozen Snow and asked if he would be willing to cover costs as I believed he had the means to do so, knowing that he had mentioned having the infrastructure in place for hosting a site in the past. He agreed, and thus the site backend was transferred to him. Once the transfer was complete Cirevam hung around briefly to reply in his announcement thread but he has not logged in since.
Your other points are also valid. If people don’t want to update their threads there’s quite literally no requirement for them to do so. Neither should they be discouraged from doing so, if that’s what they choose. It’s very clear that for some time a lot of threads weren’t being updated anyway, so there isn’t going to be much of a difference here. The reopening of the site was intended to let people continue to use and rebuild this community if they wanted to, with again no requirement that it happen. Frankly if the site's reputation is viewed as tarnished to the point of no return, then that's that and there's no further point in rehashing and debating this in a snark-fest. But, most importantly, the site was reopened to preserve its history, which leads into my next points below.
The site is going to remain up for archival purposes, which at the end of the day is something everyone can agree on. This transitions into the newest points regarding how things will be going forward. Simply put, the current owner has stated he can no longer support the forum’s costs, and is stepping back from his role entirely. Due to the costs I cannot financially support this either, therefore I am looking into ways to convert the forum into a different software system to minimize this. Furthermore, I have been looking into a new host/ownership to be able to support the site with lower costs. This is to at the bare minimum preserve the website’s information and history. Current ownership made the final payment, which covers for another month.
For those who are interested in knowing what kind of costs I am talking about here:
Web hosting: ~$58/month
Forum software license: ~$90 every six months
Cloudflare: Unknown, but has been prepaid a few years by Cirevam before he left
Domain Registration: ~$15/year per domain, so ~$30/year total for two domains
In lieu of the current issues, I am revising the rules again, as well as implementing some changes that some may have noticed already.
1. New user account creation is disabled, those who wish to make an account will need to request one until further notice.
2. Edits have been removed to avoid vandalism (you know who you are).
3. New posts are currently not going to be allowed outside of this section of the forums (ie, announcement section of the forum)
4. Gallery access will be restricted to a limited degree.
Due to software changes that will need to be made to cut costs, I will likely take the site offline and restrict access to select trusted users in a sort of archivist role while the site undergoes this entire process. Suggestions for handling a transfer are welcome, but I hope you understand why I have had my hands tied these last few months in dealing with all this.
One additional point about the site going forward: there are a number of hidden sections that I would like to return to being public. However, there may be personal information within them so they must be checked/cleaned first before hand. These subforums and topics were displaced during the 2017 restructure of the forum and were never made public again/moved into proper homes, thus becoming an internal reference for moderators and administrators only. The process of sorting through these old topics has been appointed to Sadie Meowsalot and Lair, as they have experience in archival and preservation while being careful with personal information. If the site must be taken offline, they will hopefully retain access to continue their work. Once this process of sorting is finished, these particular topics and subforums will be made public again.
Lastly, I will try to reply to posts here but due to circumstances, may not be feasible again. I will be making a further announcement if I am able about a site transfer if one is completed or not in time if I am able.
Thank you again for your responses and time.