Im really sorry to say that, but I am considering to close this forum.
The AUD178 per month on hosting fees are getting more difficult to justify when Im looking at the dwindling user numbers here, at the declining revenue of the MMW web shop, and at the personal challenges ahead.
I know we have a dedicated group of enthusiasts here who are using this awesome forum to great benefit, and this is certainly not an easy decision for me. I would love to spend a lot of my time here on this forum and on other social media to create content and interaction that promotes user numbers of the forum and revenue of the shop to spread the micro motor spirit, but priorities in my life have changed.
Im very sorry for my lack of contribution here over the last 1-2 years.
My wife has become very sick over the last years, and it has not gotten to the stage where I will have to take over her duties as the accountant in our business and as parent for our kids. I dont know for how long.
I have decided to prepare for this time with the leanFIRE method (financial independence and early retirement through stoic, frugal and minimalistic trajectory) and use my assets and skills very deliberately and efficiently to maintain the b2c part of MMW and all related services with 10h/week of work that I can do while my youngest boy is at school, so that I can be a full-time dad while having enough time to study functional medicine to make a significant contribution to my partner living a long and healthy life.
I have not finally decided what to do with this forum, but I will in the next month or two.
So Im opening this post for discussion.
You may post your contact details (or request PM if you prefer privacy) for other users here to keep in touch if/when this forum closes.
You may post suggestions to cover the hosting costs.
You may post alternatives where this forum could move (hosting and software wise).
All other suggestion to deal with this situation are most welcome.
My gratitude and respect goes out to all members here who have contributed over the years. I consider all of you my soulmates, united by the passion, resilience and perspective it requires and yields if you are building micro FPV machines. Thank you.
Also big thanks to discourse.org for providing the most wicked forum software this internet has seen so far, and for a rock solid hosting platform.