The new server has been purchased!
I recently updated the server fundraiser thread to ask for a few last minute donations because after a week of hits to the wallet I was only prepared to cover $5,000 of the $6,000 server I was about to buy. I had almost $2,000 of unexpected expenses in the last week, half of which was a new computer, the one I'm typing this on. The one that will make it all happen in the next 5 yrs. I posted on the forum asking for help and got a $25 donation instantly. I called my rep at Dell and worked some magic on him... some jedi secret atheist stuff... and he brought the final cost down to $5,000. I did the Tebow!
We should have it before Feb 1. Not sure how long it'll take for us to get it up (hopefully by Feb 15), I do know that site building wont be anywhere near complete until March. Much of the configuration is actually going to happen after we go online. We'll be online before we're fully configured.
For the daily Rational Responder reader, you can expect the site to handle our text exchanges without problem. You'll have an easy to understand forum, a better forum, and a place to exchange ideas on day one of the new site. Many of the other details will be added slowly over the following 2 months, like color scheme for example that may be tweaked after the fact. Speeds of course will be lightning fast. As I have always said, I place a very high importance on maintaining our old discussions. Care will be taken in that regard.
We have had year over year growth for atheism. As information spreads freely online, people are able to look up that religion is lying or ignorant. In each consecutive year on the internet atheists have had an increasingly more visible voice. Here's to a good 2012 for atheism on the internet. Not just for the projects coming out of our recent server upgrade, but to the various conventions, gatherings, billboards, and efforts of many other atheists. This is going to be a good year.
Happy New Year and as Hitch would say, "don't keep the faith."