Hello everyone, WE ARE BACK. And even more importantly, the issue which has plagued the forum for over 2 years, that has bewildered numerous developers, that has caused years of frustration upon frustration, the images. Well, the images are now completely and utterly FIXED. Yup, that's right, it was our very own @DeviateDefiant and @SpeedyGee who trumped everyone else and fixed the images. Amazing coding work done over the past weekend, hours and hours of troubleshooting, of constant communication, but we are pleased to announce that the images are all fixed, DIYs all recovered, and everything now secured so it won't be lost anymore. And as for that list with 23 topics to be discussed - that's also been sorted and battered back into submission In light of the main issues being fixed, we feel that now is the time to update everyone fully on the current plan moving forward from here. Honda Karma as you know it will soon be closing as a company and name within its own legal right, and will be amalgamated under H-Tune's umbrella. Leo's been the driving force behind both projects for many years, taking over H-Tune at the beginning of this year after running the show with Scott since the early days of this forum, and now he wants to bring the two halves together. I know he has a lot more he wants to say on this - but here are just a few points to start: H-Tune, and subsequently the forum, will be moved onto new server architecture as soon as reasonably possible. We moved at the weekend to finish fixing up bugs, and we're stable at the moment, but there will be another move required yet. There's over 2 million posts, and 200GB of data making up Honda Karma which H-Tune had to rescue from the failing server. We want the whole system as fast and stable as it possible can be – a benefit for the entire website and any members/users. @DeviateDefiant is in the middle of a massive styling update, overhauling more dated parts of the UI, updating software, and fixing every bug he finds. There will be little glitches and issues over the coming weeks as things stabilise, but I think we can all see its a massive step in the right direction already. It's amazing seeing progress again that the forum hasn't seen in years. The club will cease to be using any advertisements from this point onwards. Ever since AOC days, the forum has required the use of advertisements to help pay for any monthly server costs however come now moving it under the umbrella of an established company, a company owned by @DeviateDefiant, this cost is now being covered by the overheads of the company – meaning that adverts, which only premium and staff members were exempt from before, are now disabled for everyone. The forum will no longer use adverts for anyone, and we'll be changing Premium Membership to reflect this with new benefits shortly. By amalgamating both H-Tune and Honda Karma, it will bring with it the entire memberbase of H-Tune, one of the largest online JDM car stores to the forum, and as a result, substantially more traffic and interest to the forum as well. Those who purchase anything from H-Tune, will soon with a leaflet in every order all around the world, be encouraged to partake in the forum, to ask advice about installation of products, to showcase their builds etc. There's also going to be a lot of promotion over Facebook. Naturally, the staff from H-Tune will join in on the forum adding a new level of mechanical assistance and troubleshooting to everyone. There's 7 currently, all Honda owners. (EDIT by @DeviateDefiant: minus one learner driver! ) For those that do not know much about H-Tune – please allow me to explain a little. H-Tune is a company which is now solely owned by @DeviateDefiant, one of Europe's biggest performance part distributors which deals with all JDM marques and ships worldwide. Almost 6 tons of products have been shipped to 45 different countries in the last 30 days to give an idea of the scale of the current operations. https://h-tune.co.uk/ Statistically, the most popular vehicles H-Tune deals with are Hondas. This is followed, in order of popularity based on sales worldwide, by Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, Mitsubishi and Lexus. Why are we telling you this? Simply because Honda Karma has always been obviously Honda based, and over the years have amassed an incredible amount of Honda specific material. The forum will still remain primarily Honda based, however it has historically here been taboo to discuss other car brands, people have found themselves feeling a little ostrichised, perhaps even unwelcome. From this moment onwards, this isolation is going to stop, and the forum is going to be opened up to allow for anyone to discuss any cars they want to. While we remain focused on Honda, all car lovers will be welcomed by us to discuss any vehicle they wish, and we also hope that they will receive the same welcome from existing members. STAFFING: Some of you may be wondering what the plan is staffing wise moving forward. As forum users, the staffing structure as you already know it to be is not changing however we naturally have had to look at the staff we currently have. We require staff moving forward who are mechanically minded or those able to think outside of the box when it comes to troubleshooting. Those who are able to be active on the forums and be able to assist users with issues and, if they can't help, them to be able to direct them to someone who hopefully can. During our meeting, all staff were discussed, one wanted to step down for their own reasons anyway, and it was felt that fresh blood is being needed with staff who engage and help others with issues. As a result, at present, only @Nels, @legend-ary @SpeedyGee and myself remain. As interest increases in the forum again, we will look at more staff to join us running the forum – so we are keeping eyes out for those type of people we would like and will approach them when the “ship” has settled a bit more. H-Tune staff will also be joining the forum, not as forum staff, but as members to assist other members. The exact details of this we are yet to finalise ourselves, though I know Leo wants to keep the community staffed by the community. POINTS FROM DOWNTIME THREAD: We have listened to you all, and prior to us taking the site offline following this post - https://h-tune.co.uk/club/threads/recent-downtime-looking-to-the-future.187601/live - a number of members expressed concerns about a few issues we've tried to address. 1 - THE IMAGE ISSUE: This is now fully fixed, all guides and garage entries are now fixed as a result. 2 - SWEAR FILTER WAS TOO SENSITIVE: We have fully and completely disabled this filter. We are all adults, and along with this, let's all treat each other as adults, and with respect. Adults are allowed to disagree, but there is nothing stopping it being done civilly and excessive swearing is not necessary. 3 - LIFTING OF BANS: We have lifted bans on a few members who were banned unreasonably so. We have contacted these people asking them if they wish to return. Some have returned already, some are still waiting until pretty much this very post, and others have since moved on. But you will be seeing more familiar faces again. 4 - GARAGE ENTRIES: Garage entries and pictures are now able to be fully edited by the owner of that garage entry. There is still more to come, there are still website changes that will be happening, and more points that need addressing. If you find any bugs, please do let us know. We have spent the entire weekend getting this far, trying to prepare as much as possible for you. Most importantly, with the new team this forum will be run without negative politics and ill feelings, it's time to draw a line in the sand, the past is now the past, and as with everything in life, it's how we pick things back up and move onwards and upwards onto better things that matters - and we hope that every member here will join us in doing so. Any questions? Feel free to ask any of us and we will do our best to answer them.