Hey before you abuse, criticize and accuse, Walk A Mile, In My shoes…..
I have over the past 10 years managed a handful of online discussion boards. Would I run a board the way this one is run? NO. Would I criticize Ned for running it the way he wants to? No.
Putting up a discussion board/forum is a relatively simple task. Register a domain name, hopefully a domain name that will have some degree of instant recognition and popularity. Register with a hosting service such as http://www.phpwebhosting.com download a forum application from one of the internet depositories like http://www.hotscriptscom probably one of the most widely used and most secure forum boards is https://www.phpbb.com/.
It is a free application to download requires a basic skill set to install PHP/MySQL scripts to the web hosts servers (I think i learned how to do this stuff in about an hour)
You can literally have a fully functional and very professional discussion board up and running in an hour. (May take up to 24 hours for the DNS to update.)
That really is the easy part.
Now we all have probably heard that the Mercury had hacking issues that brought about the changes that seem to have had quite a negative effect on membership and content.
It really doesn’t mean anything to users “hacker attack”, but when you are operating an Online Forum is is a daily fact of life.
Most people are familiar with Virus and Spyware scanners. Just as there are applications that are designed to scan your computer for snippets of malicious code, Hackers employ similar programs to ping virtually every IP address for code vulnerabilities.
To what end? Hackers are all pretty much looking to turn your computer into a bot net computer that will cause your computer to pop up browser windows and go to programmed sites so that the hacker gets a referrals that they get paid for. In other words they are trying to make your computer earn them money.
Possibly too much information, but the bottom line is once you have had to deal with maintaining a web site and rebuilding/restoring it after a few hacker attacks, you sit down and think about it. Why exactly am I doing this? Its not for money because it doesn’t pay. Its because I enjoy it, or at least I used too, but it won’t take a great deal of time before hackers will take the enjoyment out of it and then you will disappoint your members as well by changing or dropping the site.
My advice to any and all is to enjoy any online discussion boards while they are up, they won’t always be, and when they go dark go find another one.