I am considering closing this forum and moving to GitHub discussions as a replacement.
To summarize my motivations: Sozi is still a small project managed by a single person. I don't have enough spare time to develop Sozi, write documentation, help users, and maintain a forum site. Moreover, Sozi is not my only side project at the moment.
There are at least two technical and practical reasons for me to close this forum:
This forum is based on an outdated beta version of Flarum
Though Flarum is still not recommended in production, the version used by the Sozi forum has always performed great as far as I can see. However, after 3 years with almost no maintenance, it does not benefit from the latest security fixes and I'm not sure it is safe to keep it in this state.
Unfortunately, keeping up with the successive versions of Flarum has not always been possible for various reasons: the upgrade process is not automatic and requires special care; some versions of Flarum were not compatible with my server when they were released.
If I wanted to upgrade today, I think that the safe way would be to run the upgrade process manually for each intermediate version between this one and the latest.
I initially considered taking a week-end for this task, without any guarantee of success, but now I am not sure I want to spend time on it.
It is easier to have everything in the same place
Today, conversations about Sozi happen in two places: in the issues page of the project, and in this forum. Users who want to use both platforms need to create an account on this forum and another one at GitHub.
These platforms have different purposes but they can be a source of confusion, and I won't blame anyone who used the forum to report issues.
However, as a consequence, it is sometimes difficult for me to keep track of all issues. When an issue is reported in the forum, it is likely to remain unfixed.
This forum has quite low traffic. Luckily, it has never been a target for spammers and trolls.
Users who start conversations do not always follow up when they receive answers, and it can be discouraging, but this is the only annoyance that I noticed.
I also believe that better documentation would be more helpful to some users, and I prefer to spend time on that in the near future.
Please feel free to share your thoughts.