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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:13 pm
User avatarSite AdminSite AdminJoined: Sun Nov 28, 2004 8:20 pmPosts: 1650Location: Cameroon
Dear Everyone,

Mike Harris and I have decided that it may be time to call it a day for this forum. Dwindling user base is one of the main reasons, expenses is another and in addition to that the time to fix any problems which is mostly attended to by Mike.

This forum will eventually be shutdown by the end of 2018. We're open to other suggestions. Maybe someone would like to take over this forum? Or should it be moved to Facebook?

Hopefully we will able to move this forum to a new platform which will have lower expenses and maintenance..

Dr. Alban
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:25 pm
VerdeVerdeJoined: Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:15 pmPosts: 519Location: South Australia
Lets do everything we can to keep the forum alive and the excellent information that lives here available for many more years to come.

I'm sure that most people are more than happy to make contributions to cover the cost of any move to a different platform. But I really believe that it needs to stay away from a social media type arangement.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:55 pm
User avatarVerdeVerdeJoined: Mon Nov 22, 2004 2:37 amPosts: 2295Location: Brisbane, Australia
Ditto from me.

Just doing some mental doodling.
Would there be any merrit to offer the site contents to be taken over by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club Of Australia,

which has facilities in its Forum to cater for all types of Alfas including the transaxle.

Perhaps running the idea past the organisation could be fruitful.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:46 pm
SilverSilverJoined: Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:57 pmPosts: 0
i agree that we should not lose this site, and not move it to any social media arrangement.

The suggestion that AROCA take the site over is a good one, and would keep the site alive, if that does not work I am willing to contribute some funds to assist in keeping the site alive.

PS. it would be a good idea to email all members of the potential closure, as there is no notification on the website header of the intending closure.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:50 am
User avatarVerdeVerdeJoined: Sun May 08, 2005 11:56 pmPosts: 747Location: Netherlands
Loosing this site would be horrible and a waste of knowledge.

I would be happy to donate some money for keeping it online.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:59 pm
User avatarVerdeVerdeJoined: Mon Nov 22, 2004 2:37 amPosts: 2295Location: Brisbane, Australia
We have had this financial question raised before and it got resolved. However to be fair, it might be reasonable to reveal the ACTUAL annual costs of maintaining this site. Knowing the costs may help explain Mike's problems but it would also provide a clear indication of how much all keen supporters of this site are willing to contribute. From recollection of the last fund drive, I don't remember it being a huge sum. Revealing would tell all. This is not a commercial venture site so the financials should not (in my opinion) be matters in confidence.

As for the second problem of IT maintenance,.I'd be happy to put the hand up to do it if knew the difference between a megabit and a tidbit. Perhaps there are members of our Forum who have the qualifications and dedication to help out. Anotherwords, we take care of business ourselves just like it has been done for years.

So I guess the there are two choices:-

1 D.I.Y.
2 Farm it out.

In any case, how about getting some discussion going about this issue fellas?

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