UncleJohn wrote:Some of my suggestions for what they are worth.
Use phpBB and mySQL on a paid for server instead of free forums.
Document everything done in a public blog. This means every script and every command used to setup and maintain the forum.
Have everything reviewed by someone else. No shooting from the hip. No being the tech guru that everyone depends upon; who keeps what they do to themselves in order to be more valuable and powerful.
Make sure that one can easily backup the forum and restore it to an existing alternate and a new alternate.
Always remember that if something goes wrong you look like a fool to those who know. Richard and Gareth are good examples of fools for having the system they admin go down so many times.
In every successful system I was associated with the tech admin's and the moderators or decision makers were separate and stuck to their focus.
I agree, we do not use free hosting at all for our services.
Also the issues at hand now because of a batch of faulty hard-drives on the servers, so out of our control at this point.
We are a crew of several people working on our systems\sites, but the hosting issues has been to much for us to ensure a stable user experience at this point, but actions are being taken to prevent this from ever happening again I ensure you :)
Thanks again for all input, that is what keeps us running!
This thread was not created because we wan't members to use "our" community or anything, just for general updates and Q&A.