Besides, my language is almost always highly civil, unlike some around here.
You told an outright lie about me hawkeye, why not back it up?
I started the process of this transition years before you ever even joined the forum. I started over a two dozen threads in private and in public about the changes. I had beta testers using the software before it launched.
You, and all the other critics, never said a word about the plans when I repeatedly solicited feedback, yet you have the temerity to say that I never did so and that I "flat out said that you did not give a **** about the community".
This isn't the first time you've flat out lied about me, hawkeye and then cowardly refused to back up your words. A2k has been a big part of my life for many years, there are a lot of things I wish I could have done better (e.g. launch with PMs and search) but the bottom line is that I had little choice other than to do things this way.
The old software was coming apart at its seams. The search function was breaking down (don't take my word for it, nimh pointed out publicly that it stopped indexing new posts), the new topics page wouldn't load anymore, and there were many times where the site would become inaccessible and I'd have to keep spending more and more on RAM to try to keep it online.
It was not tenable, and we were racing the clock to build the replacement. I wanted a smoother launch but the bottom line is that I didn't have the money for it. I spent about $30,000 out-of-pocket to get us to a launchable state and could not spend more, the rest of the improvements had to come incrementally.
You didn't say a word on the dozens of threads where I spoke of the changes, and to say that I never consulted with the community just because you are ignorant of the many times I reached out is bullshit. To say that I flat out stated that I don't care about the community is an intentional lie.
Back it up hawkeye. I spent $30,000 of my own money to fix the software for the community. I've spend much much more throughout its lifetime to get it where it is today. This is my favorite thing I've done in my life, and you are simply full of it to state that I am disrespecting the community just because we don't see eye-to-eye about software design. I certainly do care about a2k, and you have no basis upon which to make that accusation.