Don't panic, everything will be fine
For starters, if you don't yet know who I am... I'm the guy that keeps this website and the build server running among other things. Hello.
I've been trying to pen this post for a couple of months now and haven't been able to really like the words as I write them, but here we go again. I suppose it's hard to say goodbye to a community that you respect and enjoy being a part of. Though, this isn't really a "goodbye", more like an "I'm tired and busy, someone take the next shift" kind of thing. It's important to mention up front, this isn't the "Shift change" post that you are reading, this is the "Let's prep for the shift change" post. I'm not abandoning anything Everything will be planned out for a smooth transition; more on that below.
This community has been a blessing since I started contributing, many years ago now, and was an outlet for me when I didn't want to play minecraft but still wanted to enjoy the act of creating/improving something. As time has passed the games that my friends and I play and the projects that I work on have changed, but; even though my developing for TC got spotty after I stopped playing Minecraft, hosting these forums and the build server has been a mainstay for the better part of two (three?) years. When did I start hosting this again? Lol.
If you've been around since September 2016, you might remember I moved to a new house. Before that, I migrated everything to AWS in June 2016 with the intention of moving it back onto my local server when things settled down. This was to avoid the cost of AWS and not have to deal with the new environment and all that comes with it. The problem stands that my house doesn't have the most stable power, and I've committed to some important business ventures that take a bunch of my time so I no longer have as much as I'd like to invest in the upkeep of the services that I currently offer to the MCTCP community.
So... there are two options that I can see working...
- I can find a replacement for my hosting duties and things can remain the way they are now with a small transition period. My ideal timeframe is 4-6 months out. If you are interested in fulfilling this option, please PM me directly. I'm not just going to hand the reigns over without some credentials and proof you know what you are doing
- Backup solution: Donations come pouring in and I can generate about $100 a month for AWS costs and my time. This option feels like that obnoxious yearly Wikipedia message asking for donations that I always throw $5 at but still scoff at when I see it. This is the backup solution because asking for money in an open source/free to use community -- much like Wikipedia does -- seems taboo, but; I don't want to see the services that I provide go away unless they are no longer needed, which isn't the case right now.
So there it is. I'd like to see what you all think. This is categorized as "General Discussion" because I'm open to conversation. This is a community and it should be a decision made with community input.
-- Timethor --