This forum, even if it's secure, and no matter where we move it, will again become overrun by spammers such as new v forum members "comprar(buy) viagra" and "croolintentionsmovie.org".(intentionally misspelled).
We can't both hide the site and be effective ev advocates and an info clearinghouse.
As spamming will become an issue for this forum too, we have to be ready to put some kind of control on new memberships without presenting undue obstacles likely to prevent new people from joining and feeling welcome here.
To this end, I propose two policies for your consideration:
1) new members must submit a sentence or two about why they wish to join before the new membership is vetted (and either accepted or rejected) by one or more admin(s) or moderators.
The point is not to become a forum of cloistered elitists. The point is to dissuade spammers at least a little, since many will find it easier to spam elsewhere than make-up a sentence and wait a few hours to a day or two for membership acceptance. The only memberships that ought be rejected are those that are obviously from spammers like "buy viagra".
2) advertisements for EV related items and services, wherein such advertising has little or nothing to do with the thread's topic, should be limited to the new V's buy-sell-trade section.
The point is to prevent some businesses from having unfair advertising access, which is likely (at some point) to provide reason for reps from competing businesses to also post advertisements to the same thread, mucking up the thread, and ultimately the entire forum, to the point few will want to read or respond. As many members recognized, this was an ongoing problem at the original V that was not being addressed adequately.