Update and Apologies

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Update and Apologies

Postby Matbow » Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:47 pm

Hi Everyone (or at least the few people who will read this!),

When I started this forum I was 23, single and 2 years into my first job - I had pipe dreams of making this site into the next million dollar website, starting with this forum! It wasn't a bad idea (my idea was basically what reddit is today) but I quickly realized that I didn't have the time, money or know-how to really make that happen. Even so, as a Wilbur Smith fan I was happy to create (and run) a place for fans to discuss and find information about Wilbur Smith.

14 years, 1 wife, 2 kids, 1 dog, 3 jobs and 3 countries later the site is still here, but the forum is in disrepair and a shadow of its former self. For this I apologize, but as I am sure everyone understands that "life" gets in the way.

Aside from social media taking the place of more formal places like this, the biggest issue is spam - whilst you can't see it, the forum has thousands of spam messages out there that I can see. This is because the forum is running on very old software that needs updating, but that's not an easy or quick task as I'll need the hosting company to update the server software before I can update the forum. As a stop-gap (2+ years ago!) I made it so that new members can't post to the board, meaning that all the spam messages don't appear, but this means that new members can't post. The site is basically a place for the "old members" and a graveyard of old yet useful information.

I don't think I'll ever have the time or desire to really make the forum what it once was so this is basically a goodbye message. The site and forum will remain up indefinitely (I still use the domain for emails) but what the site is today will be what it will be forever more.

Thanks for all the conversations!


PS - I'd love to know who from the old crew is actually still checking the forum; I'll get notified if people reply to this so feel free to post away!
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Re: Update and Apologies

Postby dtietens » Thu May 16, 2019 6:57 am

Thanks for keeping up the forum for so many years !
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Re: Update and Apologies

Postby craigok » Wed May 22, 2019 6:42 pm

It was good while it lasted! Thanks for all your hard work and for making this information available to all us diehard fans!
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Re: Update and Apologies

Postby tedd » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:42 am

I access the site infrequently now Matt as obviously do others - Facebook etc seem to be the popular sites for this type of communication now - WS seems to centre on fb too. You've done a great job over the years and many thanks tedd
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