This site is unofficial and not affiliated with Morrissey.
Morrissey-solo is an open forum for fans of Morrissey and The Smiths to share and discuss related information.
I (davidt / David Tseng / [email protected]) created Morrissey-solo and have been maintaining the site with help from moderators and users that contribute to the site. I have been a fan since 1986 when I was a junior in high school. I'm currently a web developer in Los Angeles.
A brief history:
Oct. 1991 - Jan. 1995: Sing Your Life - A Morrissey Fanzine. Started with Russ Seekatz, the fanzine included many stories and photos from many contributors, covering tours in 1991 (Kill Uncle) and 1992 (Your Arsenal).
July 1995 - Feb. 1997: SYL website. Not an extensive site, it had info on the fanzine and some news updates but was mostly a means for me to learn about creating and hosting a website.
Feb. 1997 - present: Morrissey-solo.
Feb. 1997 to Jan. 1999: The site was originally hosted on a SPARC 5 thanks to my work.
Jan. 1999 - May 2000: the site was moved to my home, running on a recently installed DSL line.
May 2000 - Jan. 2011: In June 2000 the codebase of the site was converted over to the Open Source Slashcode (legacy code was updated to use Rehash, the Slashcode fork maintained by SoylentNews.org in September 2015). In March 2002 the server was moved to a hosting location near downtown Los Angeles.
Jan. 2011 - May 2016: The main codebase of the site was moved from Slash to vBulletin, which has been powering the forums since 2006. In Jan. 2011 the servers were moved to Rack Alley in downtown Los Angeles.
May 2016 - present: The main codebase of the site was moved from vBulletin to XenForo. In Jan. 2018 the host moved from physical co-located servers to Amazon Web Services.
Ongoing software, hardware, hosting and services required to run the site have been personally funded. In recent years, the site is funded by ads and purchases through affiliate links on the site. Any non-vegetarian ads that appear on the network will be blocked as soon as they are seen / reported. Some ads are personalized to the user by the ad provider so if you are not vegetarian you may see non-vegetarian ads.
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As an alternative to adding more annoying ads, an experimental web-based cryptocurrency platform called JSEcoin was added in Nov. 2017 as an experiment. You may opt-out / opt-in from the popup or from the privacy page. It's designed to be unobtrusive and the amount of resources used is supposedly less than what a video ad would use according to the FAQ.
You can set up an account and earn for yourself by mining through your own browser and/or add to your site if you have one (referral link).
Richard Davalos and James Dean in "East Of Eden"
Thanks and continued appreciation to all contributors to the site past and present. In memory of MelTorment