A few words from Rens from The Netherlands, owner of the oldest but rotting Insignia and a great Daimler Double Six that you all have seen in Dunkeld in August 2016! Remember?
I just tried to catch up with my favourite forum and was a bit shocked to read that you are struggling for more reasons than the asocial media alone. I am not familiar with Facebook etcetera, only Twitter every now and then. And I was very familiar with this great forum, great with both written help AND great helpful friendly people. I have been busy with several other big projects, suffering from my very wide interest and hopeless optimistic nature. I did a large organ restoration job, had to look for another warehouse for all my cars and organ parts and in the end bought a church. Yes, 'mad' seems the better word than 'weird'.
It is bad to see that some of my friendly knowledgeable helpful friends (still friends yes) are moving away. This xj40.com forum was a great initiative (John! Rob! Naki!) and is a still incredibly good encyclopedia of xj40 knowledge. So if at least the text and the links could be ported to a more futureproof and IT-elegant place, that would be great.
I think I have to warn you: although John is the owner and initiator of the way to go, being unable to work for months and years beause of stress is not easily forgotten. That he promised to arrange things more than he delivered, it not something to blame him for, on the contrary: be careful. I think the best thing to do is to develop a viable way of porting the forum, into the direction Roel indicated, with a small devoted team, and only ask John for help if necessary. Although I wrote my own website in html, I think I am too oldfashioned to be of help with the forum issues. I hope this helps a bit and I wish you all the best and thank you for your hard work to keep the forum running and devise a save roadmap to save it for the future.
All the best,
Dongen, The Netherlands
1982 Rover SD1 shell
1985 Rover 3500 Vanden Plas 383,000 km
1985 Rover 3500 Vanden Plas wreck
1987 Rover 825 Sterling
1989 Rover 827 Vitesse
1991 Daimler donor
1992 Daimler regency
1992 Daimler donor
1993 Daimler Double Six solent blue
1993 Daimler Double Six brooklands
1993 Daimler Insignia