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To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.

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Well that sucks. Poop

Especially because of security, but the forums weren't very well secured already in the first place (no HTTPS...) We're lucky the site isn't a serious target of anybody (yet...)

MyBB 2.0 is probably going to be released somewhere in 2017; it'll be really fancy and stuff Wink so the forums might deserve a refresh by then.
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Soul, you'd ought to get everything in check. You never know when commie Chinese hackers strike. (Though we've seen Indian black magic spambots, oh the fun)

In seriousness, that's a very big security risk.

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Well, I'm definitely not updating to what will end up being a downgrade overall... so... no. That's just dumb.

Will keep an eye out for what they do in future versions though.

And just because something isn't the absolute latest version, doesn't mean it's suddenly a HUUUUGE massive security risk. Same with not being HTTPS. Also, even if something is the absolute latest version, and has HTTPS, doesn't mean it's completely secure either. People blow all these things way out of proportion. There's no such thing as totally secure on the internet. Newer versions of things actually introduce new security holes all the time too.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

EDIT: I will get HTTPS set up once my host adds it in cPanel (it's currently in beta testing, apparently). So that's definitely gonna happen at some point.

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Of course. I know it isn't the end of the world. Still, really irresponsible on MyBB's part.
Good to hear your host will provide easy HTTPS.
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