I was going to create a poll but then realized I couldn’t get the granularity we might need from 10 options in the poll.
So, to update: Alex has found a new forum engine, and if I understand correctly the designer of the engine (which has been in use for a while now and which has a good reputation) will port forums from old engines (like ours, phpBB) to his new engine.
Naturally, he doesn’t do this for free. The estimated quote (the final quote could be more or less, we don’t know yet) is $1500, plus $100 setup. Then $10 a month in perpetuity afterward.
I’m actually okay with covering all this cost. But it’s still a significant cost (on the transfer, not the upkeep), so I think it’s a good idea to check how many members would be willing to contribute for a one time donation to help me cover the cost, and if so how much.
This isn’t an official pledge request. I’m just trying to get an idea of how much help could be expected. Obviously I would pay for the transfer first, and then once everything is safely done people could make donations to offset the cost after the fact. The point here is to protect as many people as possible from making donations blindly to something that they don’t know for sure will ever happen. (There are also issues of consolidating the tax burden to one person and so forth, just to simplify the accounting without having to create a non-profit legal entity with directors or whatever.)