This is Ben Munoz, the founder of AVMSurvivors.org.
Thank you to our amazing moderator team here – they’ve done a stellar job of guiding the community through this chaos. And thank you to our members for your patience. I know it can be frustrating to have to relearn a new site but I hope this message explains things.
AVMSurvivors.org has been running on Ning servers and software since 2007. Ning has almost gone out of business. Customer service takes weeks to get back to us and our old web site was down part of everyday, it seems. It would have been only a matter of time before Ning completely shut down, taking all your data with it.
The technology team of the tiny nonprofit that runs AVMSurvivors.org looked far and wide for a new home. We hit the jackpot when the founders of one of the largest discussion sites, StackOverflow, offered to rescue us by writing custom scripts to move our communities to their world-class discussion software.
This new software is brand new to us, but we’ve seen polished versions of it and it’s really amazing.
The team at Discourse told us early on that we wouldn’t be able to bring over all our data, and we did our best to make sure everyone knew what would and wouldn’t be migrated.
I really wish there was another alternative to this migration but we looked far and wide and this was the best we could do to save the old data. New members won’t know the difference. They’ll only see what a great community of AVM survivors this is.
We are and will remain the oldest, most authentic, and friendliest AVM support group on the internet. This is our first migration in almost 10 years. It should be our last for a long, long time. We’ll rebuild and be stronger than ever. Thanks for your feedback. We take it very seriously.
The entire mod team at AVMSurvivors.org