7stud, when our community was under attack from the previously-benevolent owner, we came together to try to save it. We all trusted jkbbwr at the time, who was a loyal regular contributor. Even if at that time you would have dissented (which I doubt), you either (1) just didn't or (2) weren't around. Either way, you're in no position to complain about it now. An alternative to trusting him would have been to trust the owner who was selling it... which nobody was down for, since we felt attacked.
With regard to lost posts, software, etc.: I somehow had the only old backup at one point, which I distributed to regulars later on. By the time I got it, the new (still PhpBB) forum had a bunch of posts, and I didn't feel it was right to remove what was existing at the time (and is what we currently have now) to restore the old. I realize you were a top contributor, and that you probably want those posts back. (A few weeks before the forum going down, I was the #1 contributor in terms of sheer posts, so I truly feel your pain.)
We then wanted to merge the old and new content. octopez volunteered to do so for PhpBB a few months ago, but we haven't heard from him for nearly as long. You're welcome to take over that role, although once that new database has been created we are still reliant on jkbbwr to either "restore" it or give someone else shell access to do so. (I have privileges to restore a local backup, but not a remote one, even though I can create and download them.) If stranac gets it again or someone else does, it'd be easy to deploy a combined database.
We've talked about moving somewhere else as well. stranac and I, and perhaps others, have the power to do backups. I did one just now, since this reminded me of it. We can also restore it to another server. I don't wish to do so unless I were to use a combined one, either for PhpBB or some other software. We'd also have to have community support, and and theoretically jkbbwr, having ultimate authority, could bring down the hammer and leave no traces to the new forum in this one. He could obliterate this post/thread at any time. I suspect he doesn't visit here enough enough for it to be likely, but it's a concern.
Due to the reasons discussed here
we will be moving to python-forum.io
on October 1, 2016.
This forum will be locked down and no one will be able to post/edit/create threads, etc. here from thereafter. Please create an account at the new site to continue discussion.