Regarding this post
To start, I want to say that, although I don't know firsthand exactly how difficult running a site like this is, I understand that a lot has to go on "behind the scenes" for us to be able to continue using it. I'm not trying to argue that what has been done was unnecessary or inappropriate, and I don't want to seem like I don't appreciate what the mods have to do to keep the board up and running smoothly.
That being said, I've just done a very cursory search, and it appears as if I've lost the majority of the documentation I had for one of my older projects. I'm not too broken up about it, because I still generally have the ideas in my head, and my tastes and style of conlanging have changed drastically (for the better, I believe) over the past 5 years. Still, I must admit that the nostalgic side of me is a bit disappointed. Of course, I must acknowledge that it was stupid/short-sighted of me to keep most of my documentation in one place, especially a site like this that I have no control over, but I was 16, so I suppose some degree of short-sightedness is to be expected. Regardless of my age at the time, of course, it's still very much on me for not having back-ups.
I could be wrong, naturally, but I assume the hosting issues mentioned by Ossicone required this decision to be made rather quickly in order to get the board back up and running. I'm not sure exactly what happened; if the board was down, it must have happened while I was asleep, but "further downtime" makes it sound like that was the case. Anyway, if this did have to be an on-the-spot decision, then that is, of course, understandable. However, if at all possible going forward, I would appreciate being given a heads-up at least several days in advance if something like this is going to be done again. Again, I understand that that might not be possible, but if it is, it would be nice.
Whether it's scheduled to happen again or not, though, I'm going to try to begin saving/making copies of the rest of my old stuff on here soon. There have also been a number of good resources and pieces of advice posted on here over the years that I'd prefer not to lose.
Two additional questions:
First, I'm not too skilled with or knowledgeable about technology, so this is probably a stupid question, but, quickly looking through the board's subsections, it appears as if all of the old threads are still there, dating back to 2010. However, clicking on any of them from before 5 years ago takes you to a page stating that "The requested topic does not exist". Does the fact that they're all still listed indicate that they're still taking up space in some way, or will it simply take some time for their titles to disappear now that they've been deleted? Again, I'm fairly certain this is a non-issue, but I figured I'd point it out just in case.
Finally, game threads are on the chopping block regardless of their age, and I'd like to ask why. I know they're not the most creatively or intellectually stimulating threads, but I've enjoyed participating in many of them over the years, and I can't say they haven't occasionally provided me with inspiration. They're also relatively easy for anyone to jump into, and, at least in my opinion, they help to keep the board active/alive.