Well that was something.
For those of you who haven't checked up on this place within the past few days, Vanilla shut down this forum in response to SkyVu likely forgetting to pay for the site, as described in this error that persisted throughout the period of time:
Every time we would try to access this site, the error would not go away; this forum was completely disabled! Thankfully, this only lasted for a few days, but the response from the community was... heavy, to say the least. At that moment, some folks realized they had regrets in regards to not preparing for this kind of situation, so in an effort to prevent that kind of crisis again, here are some tips to prepare for possible future shutdowns
- Keep in contact with the members you care about; have a backup communication service so that even if this place is inaccessible, you can still talk to your friends! We recommend using social apps such as Discord, Kik, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, the BBO in-game chat, and others like them to make sure you'll always be able to reach the folks you are attached to!
- Archive anything you want to remember in the future! Take screenshots of posts that mean something to you, save any posted photos you know you'll want to later look back on, save some links, use the Wayback Machine to archive entire pages, things like that.
- Realize that a future shutdown could happen without warning. Part of the reaction from the community regarding this shutdown involved people not expecting this to happen; almost nobody expected Vanilla to actually do something themselves, myself included, so just keep in mind that at any given point, this could happen again... possibly even permanently.
We're just as concerned as the rest of you are. This most likely was just a simple mistake, but by chance, it also could've been a sign of things to come. We want to make sure that we as a community are prepared for any similar situation in the future, so be sure to follow these tips if you feel that this place is meaningful to your life, your memories, or anything of that nature!
A Battle Bear never comes unprepared!
... except for Wil. Don't be Wil.