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Shurafa

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What Would Happen to this Forum When Rusty Retires?


Wishing Rusty a long and healthy career.

Will the forum's moderators and members continue contributing to the forum forever without conflicts or slowdown? Several forums/platforms continue to exist and grow because of a constructive harmony among the members. Does this last forever? No unfortunately.

How long do you imagine our forum will last active? Rusty do you have a son to handle your business, after you retire, including this forum?

Regards- Ali M. Al-Shurafa
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Just answering for myself,  the demise of the forum wasn't ever in my thinking.
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Me either...Always people willing to help out. Plenty of people in this forum that could find time to moderate.
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I imagine Rusty is so passionate about this subject that he will retire from work but he will never abandon this forum... anyway this is my believe or impression and I may be totally wrong. Only Rusty can tell.
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I just noticed this thread.  Interesting.  Actually, I will turn 60 in about a week, so am thinking more about semi-retirement.  I doubt I will actually "retire" until I just physically can't do it anymore (late 70's maybe?) or just lose all interest.  I actually plan to do a lot of applied research on vibration analysis when I retire, mostly to answer a lot of questions I've had in my own mind over the years.  So I'm not planning on getting "out of the business" for many years.

That said, there's a very real possibility I could fall over dead tomorrow.  So Shurafa, you make a good point.  I do need to plan for the orderly transfer of the forum in that event.  It's really a fairly simple forum. I don't really have to do much with it except approve new members and pay the bills.   The base annual cost is $75/yr and there is a monthly charge based on the number of "page views" we have, usually about $4/mth.  So the total cost is about $125/yr which seems like a bargain to me.  So far this has been mostly offset by "donations" from members here.  If you haven't noticed it....

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But I do need to figure out how to transfer "ownership" (technically speaking) of the forum in the event of my untimely demise.


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I turn 60 in May and I just passed the 3 first web exams to access a gas treatment plant in Norway, Ormen lange/Nyhamna, they do take it seriously so now a full day training tomorrow on site just to enter the place. I hope I don't have to work also time is running along so fast. Olov
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Shurafa

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Because of the other thread started by Rusty, I'm refreshing this old thread. Rusty has indicated he started to lose interest in this job and the associated subjects.

I remember when Arne of Sweden retired, and I guess many of us remember, the sudden drop in the activities in the "other forum". I hope he is doing well now. A similar thing happened when Steve (alias @@) left the forum.

There are always members who are giving and energetic but there is always a need also to a common theme and an orchestra to gather them. Many of these giving contributors to this forum are of a close age, either already retired or about to do so. Difficult to replace these when they "lose the interest".

I'm indeed concerned.

Regards- Ali M. Al-Shurafa

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In this regard it’s important to keep members here “engaged” so they feel it’s worth the effort to come here. Posting interesting topics and thoughtful replies is a good way to do this, but taking a moment to express appreciation is very important as well. We are mostly free of the dissension and rancor found on many forums, but it’s easy for someone to feel “slighted,” to think their responses are not appreciated, so sometimes they just quietly fade away. To be clear, I am not that guy. But there are others who are less active than they once were, and I think that’s part of it.
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This forum has been succesful imo in replacing the old forum and giving a place to share ideas among people who share an interest in rotating equipment. We have most of the old crowd and some new faces as well.

I'm thankful for the contributors and especially for those who give time (and money) behind the scenes to keep things going.

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