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blog post Report We're still here!

Marshall Stokes
Posted on Mar 21, 2015 - 20:45 by Marshall Stokes
Wow, it has been some years since our last post to this blog. Not much has changed here at Uvumi, and that's both a good and a bad thing. It's good because it shows just how stable and well tested the existing platform is, holding up to the test of time despite the fact that we built features here from scratch that literally did not exist back in 2009 when we began this project. On the other hand, it's unfortunate that we haven't had time or resources to add any new features or fix some of the minor bugs that we have known about for quite some time. Such is the life of an idealistic project that truly had no long term business plan, which is of course necessary to keep the bills paid and the platform evolving to meet the needs of its users.

All that said, I have pushed a number of small improvements to the code base over the last couple of weeks, though they are primarily fixes and hacks to help curb the recent problem we have been having with spam accounts.

Uvumi is only still here because I personally moved it to its own dedicated server in my private company's rack at my local data center years ago. All these years I have kept this site online out-of-pocket because, deep down, I believe Uvumi has a very bright future. Much of the technology we developed was not only way ahead of the curve (and has since been copied or recreated by countless major websites and online services), but the community Uvumi attracted remains impressive to this day, in my opinion. We may not see a lot of traffic or tons of new artists signing up regularly, but there are still active users and, no doubt, loads of talented artists out there who still would like a community-driven platform like this to use as a way to connect with fans and build their brands.

So, Uvumi's future, while somewhat uncertain at this point, isn't necessarily bleak. I will continue to host the site as long as possible, respond to user support inquiries, and dream of the day when we can resume work on the project in a way that benefits the community and also pays the bills.

Sincerely,

Marshall Stokes

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