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How long have you been running forums?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Razasharp, Feb 2, 2014.


How long have you been running forums?

  1. 10 years or more

  2. 9 years

  3. 8 years

  4. 7 years

  5. 6 years

  6. 5 years

  7. 4 years

  8. 3 years

  9. 2 years

  10. 1 year

  1. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    How long have you been running forums?
  2. Creaky

    Creaky Active Member

    Just over 6 years now.
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  3. wedgar

    wedgar Well-Known Member

    Started off in 1989 using a software called MajorBBS (a DOS based system), which then morphed into WorldGroup (still a DOS based system), then moved to phpBB, then VB and now to xF within the last month.
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  4. ForestForTrees

    ForestForTrees Well-Known Member

    Much respect to the guy who has been at it for around 25 years. In comparison, I've a real newcomer, with only 5 years under my belt. I do take it quite seriously and am currently working full time, having incorporated along the way, but there is no substitute for experience in your field.
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  5. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    That's quite some time! Is the forum still going? What's the URL?

    I remember the bulletin boards on the Amiga, but thankfully, I did not start any up back then! They are too time consuming :p
  6. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    A little over two years.
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  7. wedgar

    wedgar Well-Known Member

    There has been some downtime in between software.

    The MajorBBS, WorldGroup ran from 1989 to 2008. We went from a primarily dial-up BBS with two lines to an internet connected system. The software was developed by a very forward thinking developer Tim Stryker, who put together a very talented team.

    The support team and operators of that software were a very close-knit group and provided excellent support. (Much like the xF community today)

    The two big BBS packages then were MajorBBS/WorldGroup and Mustang BBS. We about 1,000 members which as a good number back then.

    Tim passed away at an early age and the company lost its direction.

    The software didn't keep up with technology and we lost our users.

    About 5 years ago, I tried setting up a community with phpBB and found more spammers signing up than members and I spent more time getting rid of spammers than building up a community. It lasted for about a year.

    Last year I came across VB 5.05 and installed it and starting building another community. The problem with sustaining this group is that members expected to be notified (alerts) by email on updates/replies and VB did not send those alerts out. Right after New Year's I came across xF and researched it and the user community.

    Had to start from scratch as I could not find an importer to bring in VB 5.05 users, forums, etc to XenForo 1.22.

    So we're back in the game and building. I'm involved with a several organizations and out team is developing forums to offer resources to members of those groups.
  8. MattW

    MattW Well-Known Member

    About 11 years now. Started on a PHPNuke forum, lost everything, and started again on phpBB2. I still administer the site, even though it's pretty dead now days. My own site running XenForo has been running 8 years as of 31st January.
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  9. wedgar

    wedgar Well-Known Member

    Lost everything. Been there - done that. Did you have problems with the spammers trying to access to your php system?
  10. MattW

    MattW Well-Known Member

    No, it was the host who just turned everything off and vanished. We were hacked on phpBB2 (2.0.17 IIRC), but luckily he wasn't malicious and didn't do any damage. We also lost about 8 months of posts again due to shared hosting going missing, and having to restore from an old backup (that was all before I started doing the hosting myself).
  11. wedgar

    wedgar Well-Known Member

    That would be a bad day at the office. I can see why you started doing your own hosting now.
  12. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    Almost 20 years now... My most popular website was at it's peak, the #6 most visited website on the entirety of the internet... 1999 was a different time man...
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  13. ForestForTrees

    ForestForTrees Well-Known Member

    What was it?!!!
  14. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    I'm interested too!

    BTW @Jaxel I think I am a member of 8WR as SC is one of my fave games of all time :D
  15. wedgar

    wedgar Well-Known Member

    Excellent. What platform were you running?
  16. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

  17. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    It was a Pokemon website... and we ran on UBB for our forums, and raw HTML with SSI for everything else.
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  18. Jeffin

    Jeffin Well-Known Member

    8 Years. I changed from one of those free forum hosting to phpbb (2006) > vBulletin (2007) > Xenforo (2010). Next... I plan on investing into Xenforo stocks if team KAM ever think of taking their company public. :D
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  19. Sheratan

    Sheratan Well-Known Member

    Started in 2008, so around 4-5 years.
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  20. Endurer

    Endurer New Member

    Started in 2003 with phpBB, moved to vBulletin and now to xenForo.
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