I'm not sure who you're referring to with having been in daily contact, but aside from early on in the 1st year of me hosting this site, nobody has really helped with anything. There was one person who was supposed to do some work to get the tracker going, I gave them root access to the server but nothing ever came of it. Nobody who could actually do anything ever stepped forward. I wish I had the expertise necessary to troubleshoot the tracker, but I don't; I did what I could. Simon, if you *do* have that knowledge let me know, I'd be glad to give you whatever access you need.
I understand the desire to have the tracker back, I really do. But it wasn't something I could make happen, and I did try. When I took over hosting of the site, I expressed that I could deal with the hosting needs, but had no particular vB or tracker expertise and would need help if there were any issues with those things. The consensus was that having any site was better than none, and the simple reality is the site either could have been completely gone the last 2 years, or existed in its limited capacity as it has. Hopefully you all agree that the site having continued at least in some form is a good thing.
Anyway, I've been trying to do what I can on the tracker more recently, since the hosting move. The sad reality is that there seem to be few tracker systems period, and even fewer that are active projects and well supported. Running one seems to be a bit of an advanced operation in that you need to be at least somewhat savvy with Linux and the commandline. I've gone into it as much as I could, even attempting to compile XBT from source, not to mention contacting my web host to see if they could help. Unfortunately at this point, until I can get someone with more expertise to help out, I can't get XBT going (and that's the one I identified as being the most viable and well supported).
There is one last option remaining, but I'm a bit hesitant to go with it. You can run a tracker in PHP rather than as a compiled application. This is more demanding of server resources however and they say once a tracker reaches, say, 10,000 clients, it's really unwise to keep using a PHP tracker for performance reasons. I realize that's a big number, one we're unlikely to reach here any time soon, but I want to be future-proof if possible (helping to avoid the kinds of problems that have plagued the site the last couple years). The trick is that it's difficult or impossible to transfer tracked torrents from one tracker to another, so if I decide to go with the PHP tracker (which I think I *can* get going myself as I have a lot of experience installing and administrating PHP-based apps like SMF, Joomla, etc.), that means that if we ever do run into resource/capacity issues and need to switch to a compiled XBT, everyone would have to re-download all torrents.
I'm still undecided on how big a risk this is, how likely it is that we will run into resource issues, etc. The problem is it's difficult to test it without a real-world load. I honestly have no idea how many people would end up on the tracker over time, and I'd hate to put something up and get everyone excited, only to have to take it down if it overran my server resources. Obviously I welcome all your feedback on this and I know that most people will probably be in favor of *any* tracker solution vs. none, but none of you are likely to fully understand the underlying issues either, I suspect. If anyone does have expertise they can lend to resolving these issues, please do speak up!
I'm optimistic that in time we'll have a solution.