The archival process will take place in two steps:
- The forums will be made read-only on 2011-07-23. No new posts will be allowed on or after that date. The forum database will be backed up and preserved offline.
- Some time after 2011-07-23, the forums software (phpBB) will be taken offline. Posts that are of lasting value (as judged by me) to the Rubygame community will be preserved on the web site for posterity. Other posts will no longer be available online.
The following alternatives are available to replace some of the uses of the forums:
- For getting help or talking with other users, you can join the official IRC channel: #rubygame on freenode.net.
- For showing off software you have created that uses Rubygame, you can edit the Showcase wiki page
After the forums close, there will no longer be any non-realtime discussion/support venue for Rubygame. But, I will create a new mailing list for that, if at least one person volunteers to moderate the list and deal with spam. If you are willing to do that, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.