I would like to touch on (ever so delicately) the "pain" felt by the absence of DC on our browsers while the DC-Team was working their tails off. Now... I don't want to stir up a hornet's nest nor do I want to cause a big ruckus about Gri and "Grivitation," but it is only fair that this be addressed, given how Gri has been made the butt-end of some chuckles and guffaws on DC at times. Ironically, if Gri were watching the latest goings-ons he might have had the last laugh.
Regardless of what you think of Gri and his weird (to the western world) style of communication, *IF* we had somehow adopted at least a tolerant mindset and tried to understand "Grivitation" the loss of connection with each other during the loss of the forums would have been non-existent and an antidote to "withdrawal" that so many expressed.
I'm not smart enough to understand all of the mechanics of Grivitation, but I do understand that it is a methodology whereby communication and thereby relationships (read: DC Community) are not restricted to a single conduit and therfore NOT vulnerable to injuries caused by attack/damage of the recent sort. As I said, I'm not smart enough to understand the way Grivitation works in the nitty-gritty (perhaps Gri does?), but the real fix is not a new server, but a new paradigm. As long as our connections/communications/relationships are sequestered to a single interface vulnerability cannot be eliminated. The stronger you make a fortress, the greater the destruction *when* (not *if*) it is finally compromised.
I don't have the answer (yet?), but there are a lot of bright, creative and intuitive folks around these parts. A Grivitation-like paradigm has additional benefit, but I think I've said enough.
FYI - This is not a note in support of Gri or an attempt to condone his actions/inactions. If you have comments about Gri, please take it to another thread. This is an attempt to suggest we might think "outside the box" (maybe we need a whole new box) in regard to "forum" structure and interraction.
Something to think about...
Edit: Edited subject and body for clarity