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Bomberblitz needs to take it's hand off and just be a f#cking footy forum. Save all the IT bullshit for the wankers who spend their weekends donning the lycra and pissing off motorists.
Actually I'll give you a non-dismissive reply, because I'm super curious what on earth you mean by the above statement.
I'd love nothing more than to 'take my hand' off this forum. There are hosted options out there for forum software but given the wild popularity of Blitz it'd cost around $1000/month (that's USD, too) to run. Spoiler: Google ads won't cover that. So instead I'm a web designer pretending to be a server admin trying to be a good forum admin.
You may recall old, pre-Saga Blitz. It was running a hacked version of its forum software. When it crashed we lost everything, I was able to scrape out the table of usernames and a few details but that was it. So we needed to run new software which meant a larger (more complex and expensive) server. The version of Blitz I setup after that crashed regularly as you may recall. A few weeks ago it began to crash even more regularly and in worse, more difficult to repair ways than it ever had before. Last crash I was concerned that once again we had lost everything.
And yes, I run my own business. So yes, every time Blitz crashed I had to 'put my hand on' and fix it. That included during work, during games, during family holidays, etc. I'm not looking for sympathy, I'm just trying to make this all crystal clear to an expert who 'posts on a lot of forums'.
So, seeing an opportunity (the freaking off-season for freak's sake) to move Blitz to another forum software I took it. Fortunately I was able to find someone to customise an import script for this forum software, because the previous platform was poorly supported. This platform is more widely supported so if we can't get it to where we'd like eventually, there will be WAY more options to move it again. This platform was pretty much our only option. And for now, it appears much more stable than the previous version of Blitz.
I'm not happy with how it looks currently.
I'm not happy with the current lack of a few features.
I am working on an updated theme for the forum.
I am working with a developer to custom create plugins for this platform which will restore the functionality we want (like quote notifications).
I am a cyclist and if I slow you down for 5 seconds of your incredibly busy day on the road I'm not sorry. Deal with it.
Lastly, I'm really thankful for everyone's patience during this time of transition. My aim is to have it all cleaned up before the season proper begins.
Thank you for your feedback.