Phased shutdown of SBZ

Phased shutdown of SBZ

Postby skugga » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:33 pm

The time has come..

StompBoxZone was founded 7(!) years ago as a lifeboat after the collapse of BossArea. At the time BossArea was already in decline and I never expected SBZ to be running for as long as it has.

Forum participation has been slowing dropping for a long time. Not really a surprising in the era of social networks and the consolidation of mega sites. Along with this the time taken to combat spam has increased drastically.

In the next few months the backend of the forum will need a massive overhaul if it's to stay current as a public forum. Going forward HTTPS will eventually become mandatory for websites and SBZ will start triggering security warnings in Chrome and other browsers for not having it. I don't see the time cost to implement this as justified given the current engagement of the site.

With that in mind I'll be slowly transitioning the site into a read only site, and potentially fully shutting it down.

The first step was taken today.

New user registrations have been turned off. This should in theory cut the spam off, but it will also cement the decline of the site.

SBZ doesn't cost me anything apart from time to keep running, it's piggy backing on hosting for other projects. So it'll probably stay in this mode for a while.

Special thanks to natthu and Laurie for all the help fighting the spam hordes and the rare times we've had to moderate post. As well as Pepe for tirelessly running the CPEWT's

Feel free to comment or ask questions.

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Re: Phased shutdown of SBZ

Postby Pepe » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:50 pm

Whoah! That's tough. Are there any hardcore programmers around who know how to handle all this stuff and convert the forum to the new specs? :(
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Re: Phased shutdown of SBZ

Postby skugga » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:23 pm

Pepe wrote:Whoah! That's tough. Are there any hardcore programmers around who know how to handle all this stuff and convert the forum to the new specs? :(


I can do the work. It's part of what I do for a living.

The time cost required just doesn't add up for the amount of engagement the site gets. If it was the 2014 level of posting it'd be a different story.
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Re: Phased shutdown of SBZ

Postby Mark123 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:51 am

Fully understand. Thanks for all the work! Bummer though.

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Re: Phased shutdown of SBZ

Postby FastEddie » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:23 am

Could kinda tell this was coming, I don't log in a week and there was four new posts and this was happening over several months.
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Re: Phased shutdown of SBZ

Postby BearBoy » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:18 am

Really sorry to hear this but understand that the backend stuff is often a lot more complicated than users like me appreciate. Would really like to see the community continue in some form or other - happy to help if I can.

Quite staggered that SBZ was started 7 years ago :shock: Time doesn't half fly.
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Re: Phased shutdown of SBZ

Postby Gasgano » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:49 am

:guinness: Thanks for the memories. I definitely had lots of fun and wish I had known this before.

Who will I share my pedal enthusiasm with now...
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Re: Phased shutdown of SBZ

Postby Dirk » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:39 am

Darn, that sucks! But I understand.

Maybe a dedicated members only page on one of the social media platforms is the way to move on?
Although I know especially Pepe isn't particularly fond of the one I have in mind... :mrgreen:
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Re: Phased shutdown of SBZ

Postby skugga » Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:18 pm

Dirk wrote:Maybe a dedicated members only page on one of the social media platforms is the way to move on?


There was a BossArea Facebook group. But it was basically just Jon (aka Zerksies/Fast Eddie) complaining that SBZ wasn't BA every few months but never doing anything about it. There wasn't any real pedal discussions happening.

For those that weren't members of the group, this was the last post before the group admin (not me) banned him and shut down the group yesterday.

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Re: Phased shutdown of SBZ

Postby Gasgano » Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:25 pm

Nobody won Jon.

Everyone lost, that's all.
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