Should ksfiomdepositors.org sites be wound down?
[Updated 2 Oct 2009 - see end of post]
The new site at www.ksfiomdag.com is run by DST and intended to replace both the existing ksfiomdepositors.org sites, i.e. the existing "public site" and "chat site". Their Welcome to our website page on gives further information.
Built on the Joomla CMS the new site potentially offers similar functionality to the Drupal based sites we have at ksfiomdepositors.org. My understanding is that it will offer at least the following features:
- A forum (discussion) area, moderated by DST "to keep a lid on excessive slanging matches".
- A members-only area, access limited to "verified" depositors (I do not know how the verification process will operate.)
- General news and information, broadly similar to www.ksfiomdepositors.org (where the majority of information has historically been posted by DST.)
I think one month from the point where www.ksfiomdag.com is officially "live" should be sufficient as a migration period. My plan for that phase includes:
chat.ksfiomdepositors.org will continue to operate unchanged, but with the assumption that discussion will gradually be moved to the new site.
members.ksfiomdepositors.org which never went live, but was intended to be a "members only" site, will be removed.
After the migration period, the ksfiomdepositors.org sites will quite possibly be "switched off", and web-addresses redirected, meaning that entering www.ksfiomdepositors.org into your browser will actually take you to www.ksfiomdag.com (perhaps via a message that explains what's happening and why.) I imagine this would be the end of November this year.
Right now I am assuming that the majority of depositors/members will happily move over to the new DST site, and agree with the wind-down and eventual shut-down of ksfiomdepositors.org sites. This poll is intended to confirm whether that is indeed the case.
As a final note, www.whenbankscrash.com is a forum site that I set up some time ago to provide a possible alternative to the forum site here. It is based on a much simpler (and cheaper) configuration than the forum site here, and can be kept operational at minimal cost. The hosting was paid for one year and runs up until May 2010. It can be left operational to provide an "alternative" forum area for those who want it.
So, to repeat the poll question: Should ksfiomdepositors.org sites be wound down?
(Please see also this discussion)
Update 2 Oct 2009
It's clear from the poll results to date that there is considerable feeling that existing DAG sites should continue. Once I've figured out how that will work in practice I'll post a revised plan. Suffice to say for now that the migration process described above is apparently not going to happen, at least not within the time frame indicated.