From what I've read about migrating away from Fireboard the database isn't the only issue. It's the platform. The RSC is currently uses Fireboard which is a forum software for Joomla. I'm not sure what version number of Fireboard, but our Joomla is 1.0.x.
The migration path for updating Fireboard is Kunena. Along the way of updating Fireboard to its incremental versions and then to Kunena, you'd also have to get to the correct versions of Joomla. Eventually getting to the current versions of both. I'm not even sure that you can still get the versions of Fireboard after 1.0.x.
The migration may be possible, but with the amount of customization that Gram has done over the years I'm not sure it could be done without his help, which he doesn't have time for. And if anything had to drop along the way because of customizations that we couldn't unravel or versions that we couldn't deal with, then we might be forced to lose the things that we're trying to maintain in the first place.
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm all for the path of least resistance. It's easy to get fired up now that the hammer is coming down. But I think that energy is going to drop off quickly. To survive that drop I think it will take multiple people that can commit the expertise and energy that Gram has provided for so long.
We'd have to deal with the server, its security and updates, Jooma, and Kunena. If anyone has system level expertise for all of that and is willing to volunteer their time for free then I'm on my way to but a lottery ticket.
it would be easier to get the community to raise funds to pay for a managed platform. Advertising could help. Hell, maybe we could have an commerce store selling branded stuff like shirts, patches, stickers, etc. With the amount of money we raised for the Eagles a couple of years ago we should be able to do something for ourselves.
As I stated in the other thread my choice would be to re-launch the RSC onto a new platform that is hosted and managed. That will cost money, but it will also be very hands off, allowing us to focus on branding, content, and the community. We should be able to move the old RSC to a server and let it rest their for archive purposes only. We should be able to put notifications and such on the archive that encourage people to go to the new and improved RSC.
While we're at the new version why not expand our audience to all Yamaha Cruisers? We're Roadstar focused but I know there's a lot of knowledge around VStars, Liners, Raiders, Royals, and maybe soon the Venture. Can't we all get along?