We have reduced the minimum number of characters in a posting to 25 from 50. The reason for the minimum (I would still prefer 50) is so that the posts contain something real to read, rather than one or two word comments, or chat type posts. I recognize that sometimes there might be very few words to say, but one, two or three word posts are not really that interesting and many times are just chatter.
Also, a number of forums database issues have been cleaned up lately and other changes have been made to reduce server loading and disk space. During some of this process, we have had the content "cache" turned off, which increases the load time for threads, etc. We have completed the back-end maintenance work on the forums and will again turn on the cache. Over the next 12-hours or so, the most popular threads and posts will again be in the cache and the download performance will improve.
Let me address the software license issues for these forums and other istaria.com websites, which have been the subject of much discussion by certain individuals.
a) E I Communications Corp. purchased all of the game related assets to operate and continue development of Horizons and those assets included hardware, software, etc. As part of that purchase, we also purchased all websites, and all related systems, including the forums, IRC chat, content management systems, trouble ticketing systems, etc. That asset purchase included all needed software and software licenses.
b) There have been certain parties that have claimed that they owned certain software or licenses or that other related parties owned same and those assets and licenses were not part of the sale. This issue has been completely cleared up by Tulga, in that Tulga management has in writing, on more than two occasions, informed all current and former vendors of software and software licenses that those assets and related licenses were to be transferred to E I Communication Corp. I know this is actually the case, as I have been copied on these communications, including on communications to the complaining parties.
c) Specifically, as it relates to these forums, David Bowman personally handled the transfer of the vBulletin license to E I Communications Corp.
Given the volume level and pitch of forums postings and other communications by certain parties, I have been reluctant to say anything, simply because of the increasing possibility we might need to take other more formal action. But at this point, I feel comfortable enough with our position in this matter and with the actions taken by Tulga that I can speak more freely about this issue.
Thank you for taking the time to read this posting.
President & CTO
E I Communications Corp.