Thanks! And let me help investigating switching the board to something else.
Thanks for doing this tedious, but not thankless task!
I would like to help investigate switching the board to another format, such as phpBB. I know they have converters from other php formats, but I don't know if BraveNet is one of them or not. But BraveNet is php based. As I understand it, the conversion process requires access to the SQL database used to contain the messages.
I have also read that there are people who provide a conversion service from one board format to another.
phpBB is itself free, so the only cost is for web hosting. But BraveNet requires that too, so coastwise it should be a wash.
Please feel free to drop me an email if you want to discuss this further.
From what I have been able to determine, there is usually a way to convert these php based forums from one format to another. phpBB does provide migration tools for some, but I don't know if BraveNet is one of them or not. Even if they don't have one out of the box, apparently there are people out there who will do the migration for you somehow.