I know we've been having a lot of issues lately with our hosting here. Mike has been dealing with our hosting provider and trying to get that resolved.
In the meantime though, we do have another solution in the works. I've been in contact with the folks at ibiblio the past couple weeks and they have approved hosting the OESF Forums and site for us. Mike's been paying out of pocket for this whole thing (which means all of you should give him a thank you note, .. and, a beer ) for a long time, so it'll be nice to get that load off his shoulders. We've been watching ibiblio for a year now and have seen them change a lot of things for the better. They host the elsix for us and we haven't had many issues with their hosting there.
Within the next couple weeks, I'll be doing some testing on their server to make sure the transition will be smooth. I'll use that time to also upgrade the forums to the latest version and do any special tweaking to make sure it runs nice for all 9300 of you. It should (hopefully) be an easy transition, but we all know that it's never that simple.
Once the time comes to move over, I'll inform everyone of the cut-off date for posting. At that date, I'll be shutting down the forums and taking a copy of the DB. Put the copy over at ibiblio, turn on everything there and cross my fingers. If all goes according to plan, the forums will turn on without issue, cheerleaders will be cheering me on, and we'll be able to resume forums and Wiki service without a hitch.
Now I don't know about the cheerleader bit there, but I think we should be ok with the forums part of that last statement.
Anyways, thanks for sticking with us through all of this. The address for the site will obviously stay the same. The only difference you guys should notice is a little ibiblio logo somewhere on the page and an upgrade in the speed.
Also, let me say thank you to those that take the time to report the spam. After the move is done, I plan on looking into some kind of member authentication to help fight this spam. Until then, those little 'Report' buttons are always there for you guys to let us know.
Ok well, thanks for reading. Until next time.. ~