As far as I know:
Comic Genesis, in its current iteration, is the evolved result of over ten years of upgrading codes. If you look at some long-standing independent comics (like Schlock Mercenary) then you will see they still carry the ....com/d/2009... format from when they were on CG (or KeenSpace as it was known back then). That gives you an idea about how long KeenSpace/Comic Gensis has been around Correction:
SM was on KeenSpot, KeenSpace's parent company. Don't know if SM was ever on KeenSpace). (Note that many have since moved on to other software, notably WordPress.) - but both KeenSpot and KeenSpace/Comic Genesis run on the same software.
Comic Genesis, as it currently is, is coming to the end of its upgradeable life. There is too much old code, stray bits of data and undocumented features/bugs to easily upgrade. There was a major ruckus when the forum software was upgraded a few years ago which caused all sorts of grief.
At it's core, CG is four parts. The CGWiki, which is fairly easy to manage and stands alone. The forum, which is the "core" and all the other modules depend on. This is also the part that gets updated most often as there are constantly new security issues with forum software. The comic back-end, of which the part most familiar to (most) CG users is SiteAdmin (the other parts being smaller things like administrative comic management, pog and banner approval and so on). The last part is the automated comic software that moves all the images around in the background and does all the heavy lifting on the server (called AutoKeen). *
The two parts that constantly demand attention: the forum (to keep on top of hackers and spammers) and Autokeen. There is currently a new version of the automated software in the works called AutoGenesis
. The good news is that this version is currently in Beta and there are a handful of people testing it. The bad news is that it has been in the works for several years and there is no sign of it being rolled out anytime soon.
However, because AutoKeen is a custom software written specifically for CG (or more accurately, evolved into what it is now after over a decade of repairs, patches, work-arounds and jury-rigs), when the forum software updates, it does not always work. Either the forum or AutoKeen or both break.
In May, there was a small upgrade made to the forum software (a necessary security patch). As a result of that, anybody who registers a new account or changes their password is no longer able to access SiteAdmin. The long reason is complicated and I don't understand it. The short reason is that the software won't "see" the new password. This is why the re-build is needed. We can't roll back the forum without running the risk of losing the lot. And AutoKeen is custom so we can't ask the vendor to provide an upgrade.
All of this is why Kisai and STrRedWolf are stuck with the unenviable task of keeping everything running. And they still have to attend to their day jobs and their lives. The "simple" solution is to hire a team to support Kisai and STrRedWolf full-time to get the entire site overhauled. However, there is nowhere near enough money available from KeenSpot (the parent company of Comic Genesis) to do this (astonishingly, companies that provide free services on the internet don't get a huge income. No idea why...).
Apologies for waffling on so much. But that is some of the background on the why's and wherefore's of how we are in this current predicament. Without implying any slight against Kisai and STrRedWolf (who do an awesome job), it is my opinion that CG has grown too big to be managed part-time by just two people - but that is an issue to take up with KeenSpot. Between them and all the volunteers on the forum who take care of a lot of the day-to-day running, Comic Genesis (for the most part) manages to keep working quite happily. But everyone is too busy charging back and forth putting out small fires (like this SiteAdmin debacle) to be able to stand back and see the big picture.
Anyway, I'm just dribbling on now, but hopefully that'll provide people with some ideas as to what is causing delays and how we got here. Lamentably, the only thing to be said about the current SiteAdmin issue is the same as before - SiteAdmin is in the process of being repaired but we don't know how much longer. Comic accounts can be run without SiteAdmin (just not at full potential). If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.
* Incidentally, those interested in hosting their comic on their own server space can get a copy of this software, called AutoKeen Lite. It has most of the same functionality, but is built to cater for a single comic instead of thousands.