I mentioned yesterday that I was new here and that I was going to create a little bit of an introduction. Here goes.
I’ve spent the past few years posting daily on US Message Board and frequently donated money to keeping their servers online. Unfortunately, the administrators of the site are more concerned about squeezing every last nickel that they can out of the site and their members instead of hosting a quality forum. The site is so cluttered up with advertisements that it is largely unusable. If I spent more than 10 minutes on USMB my laptop fans would kick on full blast and my keyboard would start to get hot. I’m not talking about an old hunk of junk computer either. I’ve got a year old Lenovo ThinkPad which is pretty spec’d out. I voiced my concerns to the administrators and all they did was whine about needing more money from everyone.
Then came the “clean up” messages from the administrators. They told everyone that they were going to clean up the site and start deleting off topic threads. As someone who thinks that everything should be posted in the right place I appreciated this. What ended up happening was they used this “clean up” as an excuse to start deleting threads that they didn’t like. They never confirmed this but my thinking is that any thread or comment that would made their advertisers unhappy got removed. This goes back to my original point of them trying to squeeze every last nickel out of the site and not caring at all about it being functional or useful.
I begrudgingly set off to find a new home. I made new accounts on a multitude of different forums but ultimately landed on this one. I was initially captivated by how usable and intuitive everything is. Everything just seems to work and makes sense. My laptop also doesn’t go into panic mode when I have multiple tabs of this site up. I then started reading a lot of the messages from the admin team here and they seem to be committed to building a quality forum. The ads that are here all seem to be integrated into how this site looks which makes it easy on the eyes. I also like that you can just create an account and start posting. I tried doing that on a few places and all of my posts were immediately stopped for admin review which sometimes took days. Not worth it. This is a smaller forum but there’s no reason why it can’t be one of the biggest ones out there. It probably should be considering how badly the rest of these forms are run.