Hi Guys !!
Let's just roll the clock back a little bit. Where were we some 18-19 months back ? We were a small e-mail group with about 150 members. We then decided to take the plunge and had our own website with a forum running on phpbb.
Then before we realised we reached a membership count of 1000 and started a quick march towards 2000. PHPBB became unsustainable and we decided to shift to vbulletin. The member count now has crossed 2500.
To be VERY HONEST - we had not anticipated so much response when we started this forum. And honestly speaking, the forum's infrastructure has not been able to keep up with the demands of the members. We also were hacked in between only to be rescued by Countrock !! Since then all of you must have noticed that the forum has become extremely slow and we have not been able to give you members a smooth browsing experience.
Over the weekend we have migrated to a new server. I am not going to reveal much technical or other details here - but we do think that we are now hosted on a server that can easily keep up with the traffic and load this forum attracts.
But what stopped us from doing this from Day One ? There is a one word answer to it - RESOURCES
Till date, the admins and mods have been pumping in resources (money, time and efforts) into TFI. I am not going to reveal who has done what but the contributions have been immense. But all said and done, there is a restriction to how much can be done and contributed by an individual.
I must categorically state here that none of the mods or admins have entertained any commercial interests from external entities. We have also stayed advertisement free even though there is a large potential to make money out of advertisements.
There is no doubt that TFI will and can grow from here. A lot many improvements can be done to the forum. And we would be extremely disappointed if we are not able incorporate those into the forum due to lack of resources.
We therefore want to ask each one of you a few questions:-
We have a lot of good things planned for the forum. But honestly speaking- the mods and admins can do only so much. We need your support in any possible form. We will grow only if YOU want the forum to grow.
- Are you committed to the growth of TFI ?
- Can we look forward to some resource inputs from the members in the following form ?
- Technical Inputs
- and finally .. Financial Contributions / Money
Please let us know your thoughts and if you are ready to contribute to the growth of TFI.
The TFI Admin & Mod Team