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Back in May or June of last year, in the wake of the calamitous near-death of Making Light and its reconstruction by a lot of volunteers, many of whom were never sufficiently thanked, we had an offer from at least one of our regulars to help migrate the site to WordPress or MT4. I didn’t follow up immediately, and now I’m extremely ashamed to say that I can’t find that email or remember who it was from.
We badly need help. For a number of reasons that I only occasionally understand, the site as currently implemented is resource-intensive, causing relatively frequent outages that need to be fixed by our hosting company. We do indeed need to move it, either to WordPress or, more probably, to Movable Type 4, while (obviously) preserving as much as possible of the site’s existing design, functionality, etc. We also need to do something, I’m not sure exactly what, to make the site less attractive to the periodic storms of comment spam that, even though they usually aren’t actually visible on the site, nonetheless pose a real danger to the site overall; IIRC, it was one of those that crashed our previous server last year.
The current version of Making Light is a tangle of outdated Movable Type code modified with a variety of small hacks and plug-ins. I’m not a programmer or a computer professional of any sort; instead, I’m that dangerous sort of layperson, somebody smart enough to puzzle out scripts and CSS and markup language but not smart enough to remember six months later how it all works.
We can’t possibly afford to pay anyone the normal going rate for this kind of work, of course, but perhaps we could work out some other kind of exchange, beyond even the Thanks of a Grateful Nation. Anyway, we need help, if Making Light is to continue.