Hiring someone to do anything to this site costs money. Revenue is scarce. The optimal solution is to find someone who can program on Php, has an interest in our site, and will do it for free.
But you make it sound so easy.
Should we pass around the virtual offering plate (whatever it's called in Church; forgive me for mixing computers, money and religion) and see how much we can scrape up among us for an interested programmer? (Whether he's internal or an outsider unfortunate enough to have not yet accepted Redscape as his One, True Diplomacy Site...)
If I can get back to college in the future [knocking on wood] and get certification in some sort of computer programming field, then I'd be happy to volunteer as such. But that's going to be a year or two down the road, possibly greater.
Chad was such a programmer but, alas, Chad is gone.
Blasphemy! Blasphemy! It's "the Ch_D"!
I've always been a proponent of "vanilla" Diplomacy. Variants never interested me much; in my opinion it's innovation on the teachings of the Prophet, St. Allan. (OK, enough religious references for now
I always thought it would look neat to have a Diplomacy site that actually showed some Diplomacy...stuff (the headings, pictures of boards, etc.)
As I said above, in response to your comment about a mass exodus (oops broke my promise about religious references) following the inclusion of a non-human adjudication program on Redscape; it sounds to me as if our adjudication by human GMs was/is our "trump card". Something special about playing Diplomacy with an 8th human being instead of 7 humans and a computer.
The problem with running games is not finding GM's. It's getting players to come here and play.
Things like this seem to work via the network effect. Get a few people you know who get a few people they know to sign up, but we'll have to have some games already in the bull pen waiting to be filled up, perhaps a bunch of Standard games and a few Variants to add some spice. But if we don't have the games waiting to fill up those people will quickly lose interest waiting for the darn games to start and then look elsewhere.