So this is what they mean by the magnetosphere reversing, I smell an ice age.
Seriously guys and you all know who I mean (recumpence, live4physics, methods, ypedal, Lock, Jeremy Harris, John in CR, etc)... we all need to chat because this is going to turn into just another commercialized Piece of SH** which endorses junk of advertisers not becuase the quality of products or service, etc...
The one thing I've always counted on here on ES is that there were no corporate sponsors perse and thus much more open and honest discourse without trash recommendations made for profit (yea some out of ignorance, but noone is perfect).
I think the time is finally here, lord knows I've offered to mirror and even host this damn thing for free just to ensure no further data losses over time and I could care a less about bandwidth, my personal internet is a pair of 45/45MBIT lines with a 12 server farm... you should see my colocated racks, ha.... backboned with OC45s. I never asked for a dime and offered to host and take all the responsibility for the technical day to day... I also offered to just mirror the data, or just free hosting from my clusters (across the US and Eurpoe) to knightkmb.... never seemed an interest.
Every bit of information we have "lost" in the past year was invaluable, now ES will be more like a Rag paper than a true user community.
Those of you who feel the same, that something needs to be done - if it is only to start a new community based, no advertising site which doesn't loose data.... email me directly at email@example.com
, for those of you who know me... call me on the phone directly, my french sucks but I would even try there.
We dont need to become a corporate managed advertising forum to have better uptime.
One thing I'm curious about, why was the option to trasnfer the forums out to US the membership... the only answer I can arrive at (being a reasonable person) is Money $$$.
Deepest Respect for those who deserve it, unbelievable dissappointment in you others
PS: My cost to host this forum on redundant, distributed servers with unlimited bandwidth and nearly unlimited capacity raid capable drive arrays is practically ZERO since I already have so much infrastructure in place already and it would be my honor to work with the old and new members to re-establish elsewhere's our community if needed... Lord knows it's the quality of information and the quantity of participants who make this forum a target for commercialization - I can tell you this, and I'm certain many can and will attest to it... I would still offer this even if it cost me huge out of pocket, without ES I would know nothing about electric bikes, let alone the vast amount of knowledge I've gained just after having an ES topic peak my interest (Tiberious, Gary Goodrum, SpinningMagnets, etc). Without this open community and our participation in it, there is no Endless-Sphere.com/forums.
PPS: There are too many people who contribute in a major way I have not mentioned, forgive me... it's 12:00am and I'm pressed to get a shitload of work done tonight.... I wouldn't even have known of this if several members didnt pm, im, face book, txt or call me tonight... Wish I had known sooner.