Ok, my experience with Proboards/Forums.net

Discussion in 'Free Hosted Forums' started by Bikenut, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. Shawn Gossman

    Shawn Gossman Tazmanian Master

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    I used proboards back when it was on server #1. Many many moons, ago lol. I know of at least one successful forum owner that has one of the largest and most active forums in the niche, on proboards.

    However, if proboards ever decides to close shop, you lose everything and that is even right there in their terms that you agreed to when starting your forum. Too risky.
     
  2. Phillip

    Phillip The Priest

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    I used proboards once or twice...I can't remember the URL's for them. But it's been awhile, before I found .tk which made it easier to work with until getting a domain name to transfer over like .com .net .org
     
  3. pclinger

    pclinger Aspirant

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    Why do you think there is even a remote possibility that after 15 years of hosting forums we're going to just suddenly stop? We're not some fly-by-night operation, we have physical offices and a full paid staff to support the product. We aren't going anywhere.

    Patrick Clinger
     
  4. Shawn Gossman

    Shawn Gossman Tazmanian Master

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    I didn't say you were. :) But can you answer me this, is there a way for me to get access to my forum's database on proboards in case it were to happen? It could happen, companies go bankrupt and close all the time. With the world, its hard to keep a business going especially as they try to change all these laws for internet use.
     
  5. pclinger

    pclinger Aspirant

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    There are two options, and one hypothetical scenario you're trying to cover (somehow we are going to disappear from the Internet).

    First, on ProBoards you can export a copy of your own posts at any time (from our main website when logged in).

    Secondly, our Forums.net product (which you can transfer to from ProBoards) allows you to fully export your forum's database.

    Last, for your nightmare-disaster-hypothetical-scenario, ignoring the fact that we have been 100% financially sound for 15 years without ever taking money from investors, what would happen if ProBoards was going offline permanently? Well, from my perspective, if that was unavoidable then I see no reason that we would not make the full database exports available to all forums and announce ahead of time any issues going on. There'd no reason to let the data simply disappear.

    Patrick Clinger
     
  6. Shawn Gossman

    Shawn Gossman Tazmanian Master

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    Patrick,

    Please don't take offense to my questions. :) I'm a catastrophist to a point, its what I do haha. I always look at risk - every business I do business with hates to see my emails but I see it as keeping them on their toes to have a proper continuity plan. Like I said, I have used proboards once upon a time and I've even recommended others user them :) In fact, I got to say your forum service has evolved over the years!

    So no disrespect intended with my comments, sir.

    Funny proboards memory story though, it was where I originally started forums. I had no idea what a thread was at that time because I was so newbified lol. I thought a board was the thread so I went on my mass posting spree (yes I've always had them) and created board after board and a buddy who was helping to teach me about it all sent me an MSN messenger message saying "What the hell are you doing?" LOL
     
  7. pclinger

    pclinger Aspirant

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    No offense taken Shawn, I'm just passionate about my business :)
     
  8. Shawn Gossman

    Shawn Gossman Tazmanian Master

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    You should be :) And you answered my questions with great responses so more power to you! :)

    Maybe one day you can let me interview you for my blog? It would be a positive review - I'd leave out my distaster-view questions :p
     
  9. pclinger

    pclinger Aspirant

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    I'll shoot you at PM.
     
  10. ethan

    ethan im a fireman, i mean EMT

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    Same, don't take my questions with offense or as a attempt to drill you - Just legitimately curious.

    I am aware you can manually convert the mySQL database obviously, but I was referring to tools for different forum softwares - I imagine none exist as its custom software. I imagine it would be difficult to convert a particularly large forum then without manually running through all the query info, which, on a large board, is going to take a while.


    Anyways, I do like that you are passionate about this and are willing to answer our questions pclingerpclinger
     
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  11. Bikenut

    Bikenut Enthusiast

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    For $50 a month I have a team of pros to turn to whenever I need help with my forum. I couldn't hire someone for $50 per month, and this allows me to have multiple forums all running at the same time. When certain forums get busier, I will convert them over to Forums.net as well.

    Someday, if I can ever make these forums my full time job, I may pay for the SQL dump and then convert them to Xenforo or Vbulletin. Until then, Forums.net really works well for me.
     
  12. Andrea Borman

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    I took a look at Poboards. Although some of their features wee better than Forumotion in that yo can have premoderation of posts for new members, as well as view the IP fo members who have never posted. There were a lot of things I didn't like. That was there was no admin settings to stop members deleting their posts or their accounts. And every member who registered had to enter an activation key code. Which I don't like. I mean on my old FM forum you could set to account activation by the admin where I could just activate the accounts for the, and no captchas. So it's more user friendly for members.
     
  13. GTB

    GTB Tazmanian

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    Be careful going XenForo with shared hosting.I personally think XenForo isn't well suited for using on cheaper shared hosting and will most likely suffer with resource usage issues
     
  14. Shawn Gossman

    Shawn Gossman Tazmanian Master

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    Most forums are in this case, forums are resource hogs. VPS or dedicated is the way to go outside of free hosting solutions.
     
  15. pclinger

    pclinger Aspirant

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    Hello,

    The ProBoards Plugin Library has a variety of available plugins that are one-click installs. I believe that this plugin handles what you want in terms of preventing members from deleting their posts.

    Our premium service, Forums.net, has an option to turn off the email activation requirement. On our free service, ProBoards, we do require email activation.

    Patrick
     
  16. Andrea Borman

    Andrea Borman Aspirant

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    Thanks I saw that forum the link you showed me. It must have changed since I read the last topic at your support forum that said admins cannot change this. I see that Rick has left now and you are the new admin of Proboards Support forums.
     
  17. pclinger

    pclinger Aspirant

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    Hi,

    I'm ProBoards' CEO. Ricky is still a valued member of our Support Team. We have multiple people that cover our tech support to provide 7 days a week coverage.
     
  18. Andrea Borman

    Andrea Borman Aspirant

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    I suppose there's got to be more than one admin.
    A lot of members abuse the delete their account and post function, that's why it should be disabled. Otherwise you will have members deleting their accounts by the dozen from your forum, and you don't want that.
     
  19. pclinger

    pclinger Aspirant

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    Our general thought process, especially when it comes to letting users delete their accounts, is that they should be able to. I think that most people, after they join a site, would like the opportunity to remove their account if they so chose. I know that I highly prefer that option if I want to leave a service / forum / etc.
     
  20. Andrea Borman

    Andrea Borman Aspirant

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    But if they ask the admin or one of the moderators of the forum, they will do it for them.
     
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