Well, at least pcfan likes it. Or would, if he were even still around.
So yeah, the interactive portions of KRR have been rescued from their "static archives", which -- in case you missed it -- were just white pages preventing any sort of access to the content at all. But they were static, ya gotta give them that.
The Gallery and Forums have both been upgraded to their latest versions. The Forums had a harder go of it. I have only migrated two of the themes, and plan on at least migrating the Dark theme, too. There seem to be various brokenings on the administrative side, so please kindly let me know if things explorb for you, too.
The 'Kaki is still down. I could bring it back, but I wonder how much of a purpose such a feature even serves nowadays. I suppose the same could be said for most of this site.
So it's Ometon to the fix-everything once again, it seems. I suppose a short history is in order.
Late last year, I was checking out KRR's former friend The Kirby Club. Now, I had been aware of that joint for years, back when it was nothing more than a shameless copy of KRR. Lately, it had transformed into little more than a forum, but quite frankly, that is really all it needed to be. After all, KRR had disabled its registration years ago, so it had no chance of new blood rejuvenating it.
Club had turned into the de facto Kirby forum online, and deservedly so, too.
So of course, Kirby Club announced it was closing its doors in December. One of the reasons cited was the cost of hosting (and granted, not the only reason). This particularly bothered me since KRR has been funded with a pretty sweet hosting plan for years with no sign of slowing down, despite its disuse, and here the Kirby Community was going to be left without a forum for want of hosting.
Well, why not KRR? Registration was disabled due to spam sign-ups. Surely, there must be a way to stop those. I mean, my Unbot was batting one thousand against spambots, and it is beyond dirt simple!
To my surprise, Disk had already implemented an anti-spam measure. And it seemed to work, from what I could tell. I silently re-enabled registration, and I didn't see one spammy bot get through. (I also changed the anti-spam question; "What color was Kirby in the first game?" is a waaaaay too open-ended question.)
So of course, (Can that never be the prelude to bad news?) Disk decided to murder the forums. Yes, after sitting around for years doing nothing, an attempt to bring them back was the harbinger of their destruction. I don't know if it was the registration emails pinging him to remind him that they were alive or Joshi's assertion that he reminded Disk of this place's existence and that is what rained down the fire.
Either way, he killed this place rather dead.
Now, I had planned on bringing back the forums to fill the gap left by Kirby Club. With the last vestiges of the Old Guard turning in their keys (and he seems to be serious this time, too.... seriously), why not match wide-spread destruction with wide-spread resurrection?
A lot of people think I decided to leave KRR five years ago. That is patently untrue, but it is commonly believed since that is the lie they told. Close to the truth is that I was kicked out (and that is even something that they embraced in later year), although that isn't quite the whole truth, either.
In actuality, I was told that everything I did was to be deleted, and then I should do everything that they wanted instead. On this list was a number of things I had already done, including the Passport system. Some of this was just ignorance (like implementing site-wide page headers and footers), but most was flat-out incompetence and pettiness, like deleting the Passport system and replacing it with something that matched the exact same description as the Passport system. Oh, but fit more with KRR. I have no idea what that was supposed to mean, but it was the kind of verbiage the Old Guard attached to anything they disagreed with for any number of personal reasons.
Now, the Old Guard (previously the New Guard, and also the old Old Guard) had been demanding I delete things for a good long while, but since Kindar stripped them of their FTP access -- and because it was a terrible idea -- I denied the request and explained why it would be a terrible idea.
Then they got FTP access, which meant they could do anything they wanted to the site.
So, if I stayed, I could only do exactly what terrible ideas they wanted -- because anything else could be handily deleted. They wasted no time doing so, too. I guess the situation was like the head of a company being forced to step down: it was the guise of freewill, but the decision was made for me.
So I made two resolutions: first, no content would change. I don't know why the Old Guard likes deleting stuff so much (see Archives, Static), but it seemed only fit to prevent the unmitigated destruction of content. The second would be to implement their terrible ideas because they were terrible. What's fun is that they didn't even think they were terrible; the only cared that the Passport was gone when members started complaining. And when they realized how much easier the Passport made managing the site, which is what I had been telling them for over a year (but that would require reading the things I wrote instead of just making stuff up). Either way, I was thanked several times by the Old Guard for getting rid of the Passport system, which is endlessly amusing to me.
Most recently, the Old Guard's trope is "communication problems", which is a hilarious thing to blame on the downfall of KRR since former members of Always (the Old Guard's Skype group) have mentioned how they very explicitly ignored my communiques with them and would lie and claim that they never received them when confronted in a multi-user setting. (Yeah, I guess that qualifies as a type of problem...)
None of that really matters anymore, however, as the last member of the Old Guard is gone. KRR is , so I can freely bring back all of those hated features that were asked to be removed all those years ago.
Does this mean that KRR is back to its glory days?... No, no it does not.
It is back, but only in the sense that I am going to be updating it more often that it has been. That is a really low bar. I am not going to sink too much time into KRR this go since I did that last time and look how it turned out.
"But Ometon," you may ask, "KRR was completely disregarded and unmaintained. Why would anyone want to stop KRR now that someone wants to keep it updated and active?"
I want to focus on bringing back KRR as a Kirby fan site more than anything else. Right now, I think the only real Kirby fan forum is r/Kirby, which is very ADD by its very nature, in my opinion, and I don't really think Reddit is the sort of place a lot of parents would be happy with their kids visiting.
KRR is still highly regarded enough by Google to be a premier Kirby site. Hopefully, a returning registration can get this place not back to its prime, but at least back to not-a-corpse level of activity.