End of an Era, RSC to Close Down Soon.

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Written by Gram   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

This has been a very sad note to pen, but we will soon need to shut down the Road Star Clinic. It has been a great run, and we have created one of the very best motorcycle forums in existence. Our example of "respect first" has been adopted by many others and we think it was a very valuable contribution to DIY forums generally.

The RSC has only enjoyed a short period of positive cash flow (a few years ago now, for about two or three years), and for the majority of its life has been cash flow negative. With my retirement looming on the horizon, I can no longer expend the funds needed to keep the site online. I have to put my family first, in spite of how much this community has meant to me.

To continue the clinic we would need to rewrite our software completely from the ground up, and I just don't have the time to do it. It would involve a personal loss of tens of thousands of dollars in lost productive time that I have to preserve. This is not optional, as aging software becomes increasingly less secure as time passes.

We briefly entertained a replacement with newer/different software, even formed a committee to discuss, but those conversations have fizzled out now. We never got to any form of consensus that would have provided the needed technical support to move forward.

So with a shout out to all members here, and especially to the admins and moderators who gave years of selfless service, I must sadly now announce the impending closure of the clinic. Time for that shutdown is still to be determined, but sometime in the next month or two would be a good guideline.

For now, I plan to retain the assets (files, code, database, and domain name) of the clinic. They will be held in my private storage pending any determination of a possible replacement (with others at the helm).

Thank you, everyone, for your participation, and your contributions. I am very proud of what we accomplished here and will keep this experience close to my heart for the remainder of my life.

Discussion thread in the forum is here:
Announcement: RSC to close down soon.

Discussion thread on forum for options to stay up:
Options for the RSC to continue, stay tuned.

The Road Star Clinic Group on Facebook will not be affected by this site shutdown. If you would like to find the clinic on Facebook, go here:
RSC on Facebook

Steve Graham (Gram)

 
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