This is perhaps the hardest post I have ever written for Sniper Central. Yesterday, our entire database was lost without the possibility of recovery. The details are too painful, and technical, to talk about here.
Those of you that have been following Sniper Central over the years know that I give my heart and soul to the Sniper Central community. It is not a job or even a way of life, it is something more. It is a part of me and yesterday, 20+ years of me died. Over those multiple decades I have been doing this, we have conducted a countless number of reviews and writeups and how to articles and had amassed a library of data unparalleled in the online universe. Yesterday, it disappeared. No, it was not a hack nor any malicious attack. It was technology used improperly. Backups were discovered to be incomplete. My dreams were ground into dust.
Obviously, there is no way for me to reproduce everything we had on Sniper Central. I’m not even sure where to begin to put something back together. Luckily, all of our rifle orders and student registrations for classes were stored on a different database, one we have verified has proper backups, so all of that important data is safe and classes and rifle builds will go on. But other passion, the articles, writing, and sharing of information is gone. I am so sorry everyone. I know this data was the main reason many people came here.
So that leaves me with the question, now what? How do I move forward? I’m not ready to quit or give-up, that is not the American way or in my makeup. But what do I do now? So at this point…obviously…I have a clean sheet to begin with. So I pose the question to you. What do you want to see from Sniper Central? If its reviews and writeups, then I just keep going and start building again. If its something else, now is the time to change. More video? More rifles build options? More creative entertainment like short stories and art? Of course, it will all be about sniping, but what is missing out there that everyone wants?
So now, I need your help. I’m devastated as you might imagine. But I have always counted on the support of the Sniper Central community and now I need it more than ever. Comment here, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know your opinions.