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So, I've been doing a fair amount of work to convert Thorn Valley into a largely static site, in preparation for moving it to a different host/serving situation, as I don't really have the time to maintain my own server anymore. This is still a slow-moving work in progress, of course.
The forum, fortunately, is on a different host that I don't have to maintain, however it's still not as secure as I'd like. For one thing, it's not served via HTTPS, and for another, I cannot send forum confirmation emails for new signups, so all new users basically have to go through me now. From what I can tell there's only a handful of people who post here, and while I appreciate every one of you, I'm starting to wonder if there isn't a better way that would get me out of the business of running a site that has to deal with user accounts and associated passwords directly. As security and account breaches become more common and high-profile, this is becoming a game that I don't want to participate in nearly as much anymore.
So, where does that leave us?
Well, I don't know exactly. I could move us to a third-party forum host, but a lot of them charge a fair chunk of change for the service, and while Thorn Valley is a labor of love, I don't intend to sink large chunks of cash into it. Maybe there's a good social networking alternative? Or even something like Google Groups? I'm honestly not really sure.
So, here's your chance to help influence this decision. Assuming that this forum closed, what would you prefer as an alternative?