Changes II

Back in 2014, site owner and previous moderator Andy posted this thread:

He'd done eight years at that point, and noted that when he founded the site he was "a much younger man". It's now six years on, and I feel the same way!

The fact that his opening message on that thread is now barely readable due to technical issues is a testament to some of my failures. I've upgraded the site and kept it ticking over, including paying the cost of hosting it, but the forum software is now rubbish and outdated and I don't have the energy to invest in remedying it.

More to the point, I've finally managed to buy my own property, and (DUM DUM DUUUUM) it's not in Stroud Green. I'm only up the road in Hornsey, but I firmly believe that moderators should be drawn from the community that they are working for. It's just not cricket for me to stay in post.

So I'll be going.

But not just yet.

I want to make sure that I have a new regime in place before I go, not least because the alternative is the site closing down. I feel very strongly that this would be a bad thing. I value a great deal, and I want it to continue to succeed in future. But it does need new blood with new ideas.

So, I'm calling for volunteers. Moderation is, in itself, not hard. These days the place pretty much moderates itself. I maybe delete one piece of spam every couple of months. It's been a long time since I had to delete a user's ill-considered post, and even longer since I've decided that someone had to go entirely.

The hosting cost is about £13 a month. I'm sure that we could easily meet those costs through a quick annual fundraiser, I've just never got around to it.

It would be a good idea if someone with technical skills could get under the hood and maybe replace the forum software to something shiny and new. But that doesn't need to be the same person as the moderators(s), and it's not exactly urgent.

So, if you think you might be interested in helping to keep this place on the road, please let me know via private message, or otherwise express any ideas that you might have below.

It might be worth adding that if no-one does take over then sooner-or-later this place will vanish quietly one night. And that would be a shame.

Anyway, to quote the great man:

"My head says that it's time to make a change
But my heart is telling me
I love you 'cause you're *strange*



  • I've got 20 years of professional experience in Linux, security, application and database installation and management in software development and financial services industry. I'm happy to take an export of the site to see if I can migrate it somewhere. Could possibly greatly reduce the cost too.

    I'm also happy to share the moderation load with someone else
  • When you do the swap I think this calls for another of the legendary SG Org Socials, but not over Zoom, in a pub - so let's wait until the pubs are properly open again. This will mean you staying on for quite long a time I suspect Arkady......
  • I too am moving after many years of using this forum. Enfield for me, so quite far away!
  • Farewell Peter, and good luck.
  • Huge thanks Arkady - I've found this site a lifesaver and also a great way to get to know the area. Im awful with IT but happy to chip in for fees
  • I’ve only just noticed this thread.... Sorry to see you go Arkady and a very big thank you for all your hard work and energy keeping the site going these last few years. I see it Joust has come forward to help - thank you @joust! Have you got everything in place to keep the site going now? If not might I suggest a new post with a discussion title calling for moderators? Some people like me may only click on certain threads based on the title.
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