BK, I like the idea of paypal and the rest.
As for thoughts, do you have any plans to spread the workload / responsibilities / back-end accessibility among members?
My only reservation is, long term, the continued dependence on a single individual to handle it all. If at some point down the line you either get tired, find a new job, or you're boss decides it's not longer worth it, etc., then we're right back to where we are now. Is there a future migration path if need be?
Well, for now I could start and add a few moderators, offering that job to those already doing it first.
As far as backend handling of the software, the main
reason we should probably use the vBulletin is because it requires practically nothing to just run. All updates, security patches & other programming is part of their monthly subscription fee. The only backend work to do once the forum structure is established would be very simple through their WYSIWYG admin function. It's not much harder than making a fancy newsletter in MS Word.
If for any reason I drop out I'd be willing to hand things over to someone else.
In the case of me dropping off the planet my boss would also have the keys to hand it over if needed.
If the RSC becomes at least self supporting with free advertising for the store, he'd have no reason to just kill it.
If it's a money pit, I'm sure he'd be more than happy to let someone else take over.
We have 27 days from today to not only decide how to migrate, but actually do it.
I suggest we get the new place setup first, then ask the members if any of them are interested in helping.
There are a few of us willing to do some occasional management work & the beauty of the new system is that it really runs pretty much by itself.
Once we get a few admins lined up they would be able to hash out the dirty details in a private section, same as they do now.
I would imagine the majority of regular work would be skimming the posts for spam from new (fake) members.
for anyone wondering, I'm not an administrator or moderator of the current RSC.
I just hate the idea of the place going away & I have the skills and resources at my disposal to keep it going.
There was discussion about continuing but little consensus so I pretty much just grabbed the wheel.