Good evening bus folk,
I would like to clarify my comments as well as update the status of our bus conversions site.
Leaving the ownership team was for personal & family reasons. Those that know me well know that I am currently struggling to have any personal time at all for family & friends. Part ownership in BCM provided no relief to that situation & actually was making it worse.
"Help out as best I can" I think in my mind was meant to be "help out technically" but candidly due to frustration with some changes on the site came out sounding as it did. As someone who was very discouraged, and maybe bailing. But I'm not a bailing kind of guy, so here is the latest.
Mike k & I had a long planning session & discussion and I think the direction is very positive. In fact there have been a number of discussions including Nick, Mike K, Mike Sullivan & myself at different times. Mike Kadletz' goal in changing things was to try to right the ship financially by making the site easier to use & provide more features. Well, it didnt work and the site was destabilized. I hasten to add that it is a struggle to keep a small site & magazine self- supporting. So i think the goals were good.
Now something must be done to continue to first stabilize the site then have it evolve to continue to meet bus enthusiast's needs in years to come. Beginning tomorrow morning, Mike Sullivan will begin removing links to Ning & the new classifieds. There may be a couple of hiccups, but maybe not. We think we have identified some of the causes of the issues and these are the first steps towards stability.
There may be some other stabilizing changes after that, but we'll wait to see what develops. Future changes will likely be more Simple Machines add ons, and so will be very smoothly integrated with the overall site. Also, we will be moving to the next major release of the forum software which should bring more benefits, but be very stable as well.
The forum data continues to be regularly backed up via multiple methods so our bus repository of information is very safe.
If I could add anything else it would be for those who have been on the site less than 5 or 6 years would be to mention that Mike K started this site over a decade ago & has funded it for many of those years, and paid for countless server and software upgrades in that time. I can't really think of a time that I asked him for an upgrade for our community site that he said "no".
Well this is more than I usually say in a couple of months, please let me know if I can answer any questions & thanks for all your help & support over the years.
Kind regards, Phil