- Expand the Main site with more static content, guest blog posts, and great forum member content.
- Establish some kind of trust or charity which will allow ownership of this forum and its content to remain with the community.
- Write more software and develop the site to make it even better.
- To host challenge bots, or other community requested enhancements
- To market and grow our audience and forum membership
- Look at possibly adding other language-specific boards.
- Update rules and policies where required.
- Add a code of conduct.
- Investigate expanding the hosting facilities for more speed and backups.
- New language packs and extensions
We managed to do the ones in blue, so I think we've done pretty well. Lots of good things have happened and a couple of bad things. We had the server hard-drive failure which caused a total outage, and although you'd have not seen much of it, we had a spate of spammers. We introduced a system where all posts by new users were moderated. Which meant at one point earlier on this year everytime a moderator or administrator logged in they would see between 4-40 posts for medicine, pornography or other rubbish posts. To combat this we had to introduce an automated check which automatically rejects posts from blacklisted IP addresses. We also introduced a hint to the spammers on the sign up questions. If you joined after the spammers started you'll probably remember reading this when signing up.
ALL POSTS ON THIS FORUM ARE MODERATED, SPAM MESSAGES ARE DELETED UNSEEN AND SPAM ACCOUNTS REMOVED.
It took a few days but eventually the spammers worked it out and the levels of drug and porn spam dropped off not next to nothing.
As I sit here today I think it is pretty amazing that we've 54,000+ posts and 2,500+ topics! The first official post on the board was 14th of May 2015 and the forum is almost 2 years old now. This means in the last year we've created, 1,500 new topics, and 38,000 posts. Not a bad showing and I'm sure you've all seen the almost constant visits by Bing [Bot], Google [Bot], Baidu [Spider], Yahoo [Bot], and many others at the bottom of the first page. This is because of the constant stream of great comments, subjects and interesting topics you guys are all generating. I've had a lot of people thanking me for providing this place, but actually without you and the community you've all built together this would just be another empty website sucking up electricity.
In 2016, I had the privilege of meeting some of the members and moderators in person at the Polygot Gathering in Berlin and it was great seeing and having an actually conversation with Brun Ugle, Yuurei, Iversen, and jeff_lindqvist, among others. We also brought back some people from the Gathering to the forum, an easy thing to do when you've got great people publishing amazing insightful stuff! I'm hoping to meet even more of you in
Bratislava in 2017.
In 2016 the content of the static site started to bring people to the site and then further on into the forum. We had a lot of guests posts:
- How I learnt Romansh and why I love it (guest post by Ogrim)
- The “multi-track” approach to language learning (Guest Post by iguanamon)
- French You Tube Resources – A guest post by Sizen
- My Experience Learning a Minority Language (Guest Post by iguanamon)
- Finnish Language Profile
- Hungarian Language Profile
- Saamic Language Profile
- Slovak Language Profile
- Spanish Language Profile
We are ALWAYS looking for more content btw!
Our goals this coming year are just to improve where we can and try to help the community to grow and prosper. I'm excited to bring in the new year and watch our community grow even larger. I want to thank each and everyone of you reading this message for your time, and your participation in this forum. This place is better for having you in it, thank you very much for being here with us.