I've just sauntered over to the ZBB, and, after posting in the relevent thread itself, I posted up a notice thread about what I thought might be going on. However, I've been informed that non-mods can't even SEE the board anymore, so here is what I wrote:
"It seems like something's happened - it feels like I'm the only survivor walking into a ghost town - and I think I have to at least put up a sign.
I think Zompist has closed the board. I'm guessing that from a) the sign at the top of the board saying "this board is currently disabled", and b) Zomp's strange behaviour in this thread (http://zbb.spinnwebe.com/viewtopic.php? ... 7&start=75
), particularly his cryptic final comment, and c) the fact that nobody has posted since that final comment, other than myself.
I'm guessing that he's done something akin to locking the entire board, but that for some reason, as a mod, I still have a key. Or maybe I'm not actually posting at all, I don't know. I don't know what's happened, or why it's happened.
If you've read his comment in that thread, you know as much as I do. I don't know whether the board will be back, and, if so, when it will be back. I'm guessing that if his mood continues as it is, if he ever lets you post again, it'll only be after banning me, but fuck it, I've been given a position of responsibility in the community, petty though it may be, and so help me I'm damn well going to act responsibly. Somebody ought to.
So, like I say, I don't know if the ZBB will be back. If it is going to come back, I don't know what the criteria for that might be ("Zomp calms down", "Zomp thinks we've learnt our lesson (for what, not lynching Travis ourselves?)", or "the attack site issue has been fixed", or "all the problems have been fixed" or what). I'm hoping this will just be a very temporary thing, but I don't know. Hopefully, if Zompist comes back and reads this, he'll have the decency to put up a proper message somewhere.
In the meantime, if people want information and/or hobby-community-stuff, I suggest they look at the CBB, or on irc (sorry, don't have the details to hand). They may also be interested in the Conlang Mailing List.
Hope (though not sure I expect) to see you on the other side.
P.S. If the fact mentioned at the beginning are all a weird coincidence and nothing is wrong and I've just made a fool of myself: well, sorry about that. But I hope you can all see why I felt I had to."
OK, since then, i've found out the board is totally down for non-mods, which reduces the odds of coincidence to nearly zero.
It also means you can't read the link. Fortunately, a fellow mod has produced a transcript of That Fatefull Thread (about the zbb being listed as infected). It can be found here: http://pastebin.com/qGVy6acP
The key comment by zompist, after banning a few people, is this: "Not interested in dealing with more assholery. When there's news you'll find out somewhere. Pat yourselves on the back for making a bad situation worse."
I'm optimistically putting faith on that "when", and hoping the board will be back, but I know no more than that. I've thought about e-mailing Zomp, but I suspect it'll just make him more pissed off right now.
I'll also update you by telling you that you can reach the irc channel on Sorcerynet, at #isharia.
hope the admin doesn't object too strongly to the post about another website. I hope he'll excuse me, in light of the unusual circumstances.