As we have grown, the demands of all those members on-line at the same time has put a strain on the hosting service and its ability to keep from swamping the server. With this latest upgrade to a level 6 Virtual Private Server we should now have enough excess capacity that we can continue to grow for some time. But the cost of hosting has gone from about $120/yr (what we have paid for most of the lifetime of the forum) to $2,500/yr. That's more than a 20 fold increase!
I want everyone to know that we will do whatever is needed to keep this forum up and running - and FREE
, my little family business, has and will continue to cover these expenses. And we have members like MtnDon and Hpinson who have provided helpful and knowledgeable forum support at sub-market rates.
So the forum will continue to be Free and Open. No paid membership required. I may, however, sometime in the future, add a donate/support PayPal button in case some of the members feel like helping out. That will be purely voluntary.
So, onward we go... Here's a peek, via the Wayback Machine
, of what the forum looked like in early 2001
(you can read, but don't try posting to this long dead forum).