Update: Moving this weekend. See news post here.
As stevenf noted, I expressed an interest in the possibility of running the spamusement forums myself. The idea being that since I'm a bit more active here I can take responsibility for keeping things running and maybe adding some features to try and get more people involved.
Now in order to do this, we would have to move to a new server. The downside is that it would require a new domain name, but we can keep the spamusement connection going with a name like "spamusers.com" or some such. The upside is that would give us our own front page, which I would like to take advantage of in order to present the latest comics from the Guest Strips forum. Stevenf would continue to link to the forums from the spamusement.com page and we would link back to spamusement.com on our page.
Down the line I would like to offer individual pages (along the lines of "username.spamusers.com") that would present individual users' comics as a way to hopefully induce greater participation and maybe even draw in some new members.
As to the forums themselves, I don't foresee making any significant changes. I like the community we've got going here and I absolutely do not want to mess that up in any way. In fact, the only changes I foresee:
- Beef up the anti-spam-bot measures for sign-up and get sign-up working again. Actually we need to do this regardless.
- Perhaps rename "Spamusement!" to "About Us" or some such.
- And perhaps rename "Guest Strips" to "Original Spamusings" or something.
Now, why me? Well, I do have the resources to keep a website going. As it so happens my day job is programming which includes some web programming and database programming. I wouldn't expect too much in the way of web programming right away, as my experience has so far been dotnet so I'd have to pick up PHP. But I definitely kick ass in the database department, so I can do things like, for example, write a utility to go through our posts and update all the in-forum links.
I do not have a web host picked out, but I know people in the web hosting business and I'll get something going with one of them.
I am definitely open to suggestions here so let me know what you think.