The Dive Forum is open for sealed bids to be taken over in December 2022.
The forum has 6800+ members, 3500+ who have never posted, and 600+ who have been active since January 2022.
The running costs are approximately £100 per month and £100 annual fees for the virtual server. The domain cost is included in that as is the costs of relevant email addresses.
The forum runs on a virtual private server running linux and is hosted on 123-reg.co.uk with automated nightly backups to a dedicated backup vault at 123. Skills will be needed to operate linux, and it will be useful to familiarise yourself with the plesk desktop system and FTP for file transfer. The database runs on mysql and is largely self-sufficient, although database skills would be useful for any migration. Garf would be willing to assist in this area for an agreed handover period.
There is now only one active sponsor who gets charged £30 per month.
Time needed to moderate posts and undertake admin is around 4 hours per week.
The sealed bids will be taken by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and assessed, not just on cost, but also on the value to the diving community and experience that they have in running fora/boards as listed in their submission.
The forum is paid up until 22 Dec 2022. If there isn’t anyone to take it over at this stage, the forum will close. The closing date for submissions is Friday 2 December.
If you need more information about the forum, please contact email@example.com
and if you are interested in taking over but cannot arrange the transfer before 22 Dec, we will consider an extension if the running costs are paid for the next month.
Those who sent an email through previously will also be receiving a copy of this message.