Membership continues to rise, perhaps not as quickly as it should, but our search ranking is gradually climbing in the search engines, so we should see more people and the more unwelcome attentions of spammers. The forum is registered with anti-spam sites, and many known spammers are actually automatically prevented from logging on via shared information. So far, we remain spam free.
The forum recently had an update from 1.1.1 to 1.20, a major upgrade and the servers that host us have all had their software upgraded too (php, maria, nginx etc..), I think they added some disk space as well. I have noticed the forum speed has significantly increased since the update. It’s quite snappy now.
I have 1 donation to freeflarum still to take from a member, for the next donation round, so if any of you are thinking of donating, please do it in the next week. I’m considering just opening donation rounds every 3 months, to bundle more of them together.
Another thing that’s great is the engagement with topics that are not just coffee…which is as it should be for any community. People chat about a lot of things over a coffee and I personally find these side discussions rewarding and interesting to read, even if I don’t always have anything to contribute.
Some members have embarked on some great projects, I would like to mention them all but a few are: such as restorations, 3D printed accessories, creating a poor mans decent…I want to see some videos of it in operation and the addition of a drain valve for an Evo…which I think should be standard on all machines!
Activity on the forum remains good and a few days ago we exceeded our previous record for the number of posts in a day…The record now stands at 218 posts!
Crowdfunding - I added an area to discuss these often interesting ideas, coffee related or not.
Not much else I can think of to add for this months newsletter, things have gone well, we have a nice community here and may well pick up a bit more activity during and after Verticalscope migrate CFUK to their standard cookie cutter Xenforo platform, both during the migration, and after they slather it with google ads for everything and anything.
Dave, Patrick and Rob
P.S. I had to change edit time back to 10 minutes…I have raised the issue on the Flarum support forum about editing times.