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Escape City Changes

Postby jpark - December 14th, 2016, 4:56 pm

Good Afternoon, EC!

You may have noticed some server downtime on Monday morning, December 5. EC was moved to yet another new server, and I wanted to let everyone know that this transition also marks a transition in the ownership of EC. It won't affect the moderators or the members, but it will improve EC's performance behind the scenes. I've been the person responsible for paying the bills and managing the physical design and operation of the site, and I haven't done the job I've wanted to do with it.

Over the past three years, I've taken on new business that has taken away much of my free time. I also lost my father three years ago, and that loss really affected my views on life. It made some things that I thought were important seem less important, and my interest in EC waned as a result. For technical reasons, it also became more difficult for me to help members with things like part numbers and installation and wiring diagrams. Finally, server issues arose last month when my server vendor charged me a rather significant fee for sending too much forum topic subscription e-mail. With that, I've decided to host my own server for my business in the near future, and I can't risk e-mail issues like this again. It really was the "straw that broke the camel's back".

Over the years, I've been approached by several organizations looking to purchase EC. I didn't take this decision lightly or make it without a lot of soul-searching. After comparing vendors, I decided to work with VerticalScope, mainly because they were the only forum vendor who could offer me the promise that the current moderators could remain in their positions with EC to keep the "family" atmosphere in place, and that the transition wouldn't affect membership. This was most important to me, and VerticalScope was the most honest vendor I contacted. They also have a far better physical infrastructure, specializing in forum hosting. I didn't become an independently wealthy "sellout" by doing this, but let me say that this will help my business more than anything else, and EC will now have a solid, dedicated platform with far more room to grow.

My biggest thanks go to EC's moderator staff, the true driving force behind EC. They're the people who have made EC grow by giving their time and efforts to a forum that started life in 2008 with a handful of members and a server constructed of retired computer parts that I was ready to sell on eBay. From me to everyone at EC: thank you.

Sincerely,

JP
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Re: Escape City Changes

Postby AG_Admin - December 14th, 2016, 5:25 pm

Hello everyone,

My name is Philip, I am a community manager for AutoGuide.com, I work with a small team that will continue to manage the webmaster duties for Escape-City.com.

We are here to help primarily with the technical end of things and help make the jobs of the current Mods/Admins easier. I posted a real basic run down to answer common questions below. If you have more questions or concerns please feel free to post them in response.

What are our intentions?

We bring reliability, support and the infrastructure needed to ensure that the community will continue to be around for years to come. It’s our goal to work with the mod/admin team to help provide the resources and required work to give this community a broader reach, to attract new members, and to better the overall knowledge shared in the community.

Will leadership change?

Continuity is the focus here, YOU as the membership work very hard to keep building this community while your mod/admin team keep the walls and the roof up in this place; we are primarily here to make sure the lights stay on. Every community is unique and should always be respected in that regard. You all have established your own unique rules and regulations and a strong reputation that is carried by all of this. For us it’s paramount to maintain this level of integrity and enthusiasm.

What am I here for?

Our primary role is to be the technical contact; you all contributed to building the strong foundation the site was built on. Moving forward we will all work together to keep the momentum and the community growing. We will be on the forum checking in daily to make sure regular maintenance is taken care of and keeping things running smoothly from behind the scenes. We will also be setting up a help desk on the site for when you have questions or issues with the site or your account and need assistance.

Looking forward to working with you all.

Thanks,

Philip
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Re: Escape City Changes

Postby Charles - December 14th, 2016, 5:47 pm

Welcome to the City Phillip!!! We are glad you joined us!!! :welcome:
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Re: Escape City Changes

Postby MadMax - December 14th, 2016, 5:53 pm

Look forward to working with you, Phillip. Welcome!
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Re: Escape City Changes

Postby FRENCHY - December 14th, 2016, 5:58 pm

A warm welcome to you Philip :peace: :welcome:
As well,

Look forward to working with you :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: Escape City Changes

Postby AG_Admin - December 14th, 2016, 6:09 pm

Thanks for the welcomes!
-Philip
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Re: Escape City Changes

Postby Escape94 - December 15th, 2016, 1:33 pm

:hi: :welcome: :hi:

Jpark: will you still be around, or is this total "retirement" from e-c?
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Re: Escape City Changes

Postby Dasha - December 15th, 2016, 9:59 pm

Welcome, Philip! :) :) :)
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Re: Escape City Changes

Postby weebee - December 16th, 2016, 12:48 pm

I've been on a rough 12 hour schedule for the last couple of weeks. So I just saw this. I'm very sorry to hear that you are parting with the ownership of this site JP. Though I understand. I truly hope you come by and visit when you can.
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Re: Escape City Changes

Postby stone - February 5th, 2017, 9:52 am

Welcome Phillip!. :welcome:
Thanks for your informative explanation JPark. :yes:
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