I'm all about some of the proposed changes, but blaming Geoff for this is not entirely fair. He's right - nearly everyone uses this software for their competitions. And with how many complaints? The AHA should have known that this would have been a high demand time and required (paid) for server space to accommodate.
All I can go by is this experience and what I've read in the other thread
:The software is problematic. I run the UK National Homebrew Competition, have helped with the Irish National Homebrew Competition and we have similar problems with hosting on a server I own. Multiple registrations at the same time seem to shut the database down.
It seems obvious that this was not ready for prime time. I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest that serious consideration is taken before using this system again for an organization as large as the AHA. This is not a knock on your effort, just a reality of production-ready software.
I didn't realize this was open source software, so I do apologize for my initial reaction. I expected someone to be making a quick buck while everyone else suffered.