Quoted from tacshose:
Considering the issues persisted for years and you want to see it survive for decades why not offer it to Pinside? It would seem to be an upside to all.
Because we have a better suited team to move forward on this now and not have issues like this again, and we in our committee don't want to hand this off to someone else and lose control of it. If we hand it off to another group to run it, we have zero control if it continues to exist, what their intentions are going forward, etc. Do I trust Pinside to not have nefarious intentions? Yeah at face value, they seem like great people. If we hand it over and tomorrow they decide that pinball is no longer their hobby and they pull the plug on it, we are going to be at the same spot we were 9 years ago with very little pinball repair information available.
In the end its my word of keeping it going vs anyone else's. You can trust my commitment to keeping it going or you don't have to, but at least at this point we have the core group that has been around since the beginning still supporting this, and I think that attests to the fact we aren't going anywhere. I can't correct the past, but I can correct the future on it.
With all of that said, we have systems in place to make the future better than the past has ever been. Our team is still running daily security checks. I still run regular back ups, and we have behind the scenes "disaster recovery" that is put in place in case anything from the host disappearing to me dying tomorrow. Trust can only be rebuilt with action and not speeches, so I do ask patience to see this going forward.
I can't speak directly for Chris Hibler, but he is actually retiring from his day job, and it seems he may be committing more of his time to getting information restructured, cleaned up, and generally easier to read. Ken Layton has been patiently waiting on file uploads that are now active again, as he has been graciously documenting some of the more modern and more obscure stuff.