But one minute Iceland was the flavour of the month. The next minute no more Iceland, and now we're in bed with the Netherlands.
So what happened?
Prices on the one hand. Iceland host was extremely good legal-wise but prices were quite high. For instance a €100+ euro per month plan gets us fewer resources than a less expensive plan we can order for ~€25 @ the Netherlands.
On the other hand, most web hosts merely require nothing but a simple firstname.lastname@example.org email to get your entire web operation shut down which is unreasonable. Especially for sites like ours, open to 3rd party posts/submissions. A small negotiation period does wonders(!).
We have western values and our forum has a report button on every post, so as long as there's a reasonable argument for it, we'll take it down. All we ask for is due process. Something very good about legislation in the Netherlands being the fact truth is a valid argument
, made in good faith to help the public interest. It's a very reasonable legal protection to have:
"Libel (Art. 261(2); smaadschrift) is an act of defamation that occurs by means of publicly accessible writing or images. It is punishable with a fine of the third degree of imprisonment for up to one year.
There is no liablity for criminal slander or libel if the act was necessary to defend the offender’s interests or the interests of others or the offender believed in good faith that the allegation was true and was necessary in the public interest (Art. 261(3))."
Iceland keeps on doing it great protecting journalists and wistleblowers but we aren't particularly concerned about the government coming after our small betting-study web operation so it may be an overkill. Furthermore, now we're focusing our offer on public domain releases we can safely say it would be a stretch to be fearful about groups of power targeting us. Possible threats are most likely disgruntled individuals. We have a reporting process to address this scenario.
In the end, we're happy enough with a hosting company that isn't keen to shut us down unless there are actual legal grounds for it + a fair legistation protecting individual free speech reasonably.
Lawsuits cost time and resources. Direct 1-to-1 resolution is in the best interest of both parties and precisely the (best) course of action we want to foster.
Is the insecure connection issue going to be fixed ?
(or was it addressed already ?)
We had it addressed at one point, green https://
. After so much reinstalling back & forth it's back to red. Chances are we make a bold move by getting rid of this whole zombie SMF forum, continue developing our new one 'in vivo' then import the data as soon as we have a reasonable "feature-match" state.
A decision regarding "when" is going to be taken rather soon. Our forum's data is backed on multiple locations & we have all the reasons for moving toward having a rock-solid, hand-crafted engine of our own (initially) then devoting it to the public domain to complement our new site & offering
This operation is largely a hobby. We have no vested interests and our main fuel & intrinsic motivation is being a great platform for like-minded people to discuss betting topics.
That's truly it
Cheers & many thanks for caring! Every word of support means a lot