I think (hope) it goes without saying that we (members) are all grateful for this (and all the other) forums existance.
Kudos to Organic Hosting. For footing the bill so far.
It is often said that this is a public forum.I don't think so. It is a privately owned entity which allows public participation.
The sad but true fact is that it all could disappear tomorrow for any number of reasons. The expertise, information, opinion, humor, and photographs and graphics that members place here become the property of the ownership. I have read Organic Hosting's reason for starting this forum and I believe it. (I'll try to edit back the URL to it if I can find it again). But I have learned that on the Web things change quickly at times. For that reason I would feel the data here more secure if the entity was owned by the membership. Do I have a plan for how that big-order could come about..? ..No.
I recall this concern was early on raised by "motorhome Fred".
There does seem to be an emphasis on more and more members and IMHO a relaxation of thread indexing. I have no problem with large number of members, but am curious (never having any experience in the Hosting business) whether that number has anything to do with marketing a site to advertisers and raising the sites potential sale value. I know from experience that marketing trumps service at all times when marketing is dealing the cards.
I too ALANSD, am copying and downloading as much of the data as I practically can, as a contingency against something wiping out this wonderful archive. It is interesting that you were here at the start,
were you just surfing or were you involved in the start up before hand?
I somewhat hesitate to express these thoughts since I noticed the owner closing the previous thread which touched on the forum and suggested improvements. I carefully read (and agreed to) the agreement that gave him right to edit or remove anything any of us places here. If changes, ideas, suggestions for improvement and discussions of "purchase" by the "stockholders" are not wanted by the management I would honor that request and be silent.
To Mr.Capp' welcome aboard and good luck with your upgrades, and please remember that being grateful does not stop the wheels from turning in one's mind to constantly improve and grow. Isn't that the American way? My greatest desire is that this forum never dies or loses one byte of useful data.