If you've gone to this website with any regularity whatsoever, you've clearly recognized that we've outgrown our comments section. It's served its purpose for some time, and there's still some lovely gems in there, but we're inarguably beyond the point where we can rely on that thing to keep the discussion alive. Which is just as well, because I've been thinking about a forum for some time, and we're definitely at the point where we need to try it.
So, in secret, I've been building a Simple Machines Forum over the past couple weekends, and came together with a layout I'm happy with, and a number of opportunities to expand that'll be easy to work with should the project take off.
It's important to note here that everything that's previously existed continues to exist as it has. We're keeping the comments section and you can comment to your heart's content, although I'd strongly prefer that the comments section for an episode be a place where people can comment about that episode, and ballp.it be used for everything else.
It's in my head that while the site is a forum at its core, the concept of specified read/write permissions plus a way for people to talk back and forth on a specific topic should hopefully allow us to experiment with different ways of producing content, and that we can build up an experience more robust than crating long-running dick jokes.... although those are fun too.
The other thing worth mentioning here is that we are charging a one-time $10 charge for posting rights. The reasons for this are numerous and hopefully explained pretty well in the official message, but briefly it's a matter of creating better forum logistics so we'll have a better community in the long run, plus scraping out a couple of bucks to defer our server costs. Believe me, nobody's gonna get rich making this podcast, but maybe we can spend a little less.
So thanks for what you've done with us so far. Let's see what we can do next.