>I do this, like, professionally.
>I done rookie mistake. Derp.
In summation, Endchan's following an honored historic path of image-boards. Fuckups and all, this is the real deal.
Before I begin please note I'm not lecturing here. I have my share of stupid technical fuckups to boast of as well.
My lifetime batting average for HDA data recovery, covering everything from file system corruption, to hardware failure, to malware and virus mitigation, and my own stupidity, is about eight in ten. Once drive encryption became widespread I dropped out of the recovery business. Even the most unsympathetic and brain-dead of corporate management could no longer throw around the old standby: "I don't care if you can't figure this out. Figure it out!" Nothing else trumps: "drive is encrypted; drive is unrecoverable." Today you either have adequate backups, or you have nothing.
Launching an image-board is a classic exercise of youthful hope in the face of experience. For the last year or two, I have been casting about for better reasons to do so. The only solid motivation I have found is in the technical challenge and educational value of maintaining a service in an adversarial environment. Any slap-ass can throw up a web server only to see it hijacked, or blown offline with digitally predictable precision. Endchan's crew wanted to do things right, and do things well, from the get go. My reason for highlighting such is as a warning to all: barnstorming their way through one of the most unforgiving of I.T. environments known, I suspect Endchan's founders have demonstrated their abilities to their own satisfaction. This well of educational experience is drying up for them.
Of those paying attention for the last six months, Endchan clearly suffered from two unfulfilled needs. Money being the first, always a perennial problem of all BBSes. The second is a need to expand the administration. Not a change of ownership per se, not yet, but global volunteers specifically. In a world of highly nomadic user groups who view any Chan merely as an alternative packet transport service, easily replaced at a moments notice, I see no solution. We may only hope Odilitime, et. al., continue to find some continuing value in their existentialist enterprise.
>Balrog said we should take it to a vote and let you guys decide.
I would like to see the site restored, or restored to the greatest extent possible. Beyond that, I would like to see the site continue. I'm pretty sure that's the majority opinion (at least among the limited set of people who care) and nothing more may we ask of you.