vpsBoard's Future

Jonathan

Woohoo
Administrator
Verified Provider
Jeeeze. I joined WHT in January of 2002. ( http://www.webhostingtalk.com/member.php?u=303925 )

I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't of looked it up. Fifteen years in the industry in some fashion or another, mainly as a consumer.
I had an account from '02 that I was never able to re-gain access to after losing an old ISP-based email account when that ISP account got cancelled years ago so now I'm a newb on my circa 2006 account.
 

River

Member
Verified Provider
I had an account from '02 that I was never able to re-gain access to after losing an old ISP-based email account when that ISP account got cancelled years ago so now I'm a newb on my circa 2006 account.
WHT banned me for making a second account after forgetting about/losing access to a long lost account. Now they won't respond to my helpdesk emails. I hate WHT, I really hope that this site can grow.
 

HBAndrei

Active Member
Verified Provider
WHT banned me for making a second account after forgetting about/losing access to a long lost account. Now they won't respond to my helpdesk emails. I hate WHT, I really hope that this site can grow.
They're usually keen on helping out people regain access to lost accounts...
 

River

Member
Verified Provider
They're usually keen on helping out people regain access to lost accounts...
I've emailed twice, usually just get an accusation of lying, or no reply at all. I've been completely truthful and and more than pleasant.
 

graeme

Active Member
VPS board naturally lost some momentum from being down for a while, but I like it being a low volume but high quality forum.

The problem is that there seem to be a lot of slightly spammy threads: a new member asks for recommendations, or recommends a particular host, followed by other recommendations, comments and likes from other new members. It is hard to tell who is genuine and who is spamming without looking at their message histories.

There are also a lot of short and useless comments from new members.
 

River

Member
Verified Provider
Seems like the site is really dying, which is sad :(

Are you guys doing anything to drive new traffic? @Jonathan

I know running a forum can be as time consuming as a full time job, and running a company on top is a huge responsibility as well. It's just sad to see the lack of traffic here lately - I'd love to see this get back up to the community that it used to be.
 

graeme

Active Member
@River the community could have supported someone putting the hours in, but its dead and the community has not come back. It used to be my most read forum, but I only came back to reply to this after weeks because of the email notification.

I assume the current owners take the view that they are better off getting the ads and ad income (the site still has a decent showing in Google) and letting it decline than putting in the time to keep it going.
 

Jonathan

Woohoo
Administrator
Verified Provider
I know running a forum can be as time consuming as a full time job, and running a company on top is a huge responsibility as well. It's just sad to see the lack of traffic here lately - I'd love to see this get back up to the community that it used to be.
That was/is the goal, but yeah we've been pretty busy with KH duties lately. We've not forgotten vpsB though.
 

River

Member
Verified Provider
@River the community could have supported someone putting the hours in, but its dead and the community has not come back. It used to be my most read forum, but I only came back to reply to this after weeks because of the email notification.

I assume the current owners take the view that they are better off getting the ads and ad income (the site still has a decent showing in Google) and letting it decline than putting in the time to keep it going.
Same here. When it got shut down it was sad, the activity has really, really died. It's sad if that would be the case and neglecting the site like that, I'm sure there were lots of people who would have volunteered to keep things growing. The KH people seem better than that.
 

graeme

Active Member
The KH people seem better than that.
From their reputation, I am sure they are - at their core business. Not everyone who is good at running a VPS is good at running a community.

There were also two misjudgements, first by @MannDude, then my KH. Firstly he closed the forums for a while, and then looked for a buyer. While it was closed, it lost a lot of users. Then, KH, from the above message, were too busy to really take it on and sort it out, so the decline continued. IMO it is now walking dead. As I said, I personally only come back when I get an email of notification on a watched thread.
 

MannDude

Just a dude
vpsBoard Founder
Moderator
Jonathan's right.

The site was basically dead and I didn't want to keep paying for a small fleet of servers and didn't really have the time to consolidate everything. I 'closed it' to archive it, but the major plan was just to scrape the site and serve a HTML only version on some cheap shared hosting somewhere so that the content that was already here still existed, as there is some great content and tutorials that were created from the good ol' days.

He came to me, offered to take it over and re-open it and be responsible for it's day to day. There wasn't any negotiation, really. It was more of a, "Well, would you be interested in relinquishing control of the site?" ... "Yeah, IDK... Maybe to the right person." ... "Well, what would it take?" ... "Hmm, not sure. This, I guess." ... "Deal" ... "Sounds good to me." was basically how it went down. I mean, the conversation was more detailed than that but that's the overall gist. I've known and talked to Jonathan for a while before it all went down so it's not like it was just some random person approaching me about it.
 

Vovaze

New Member
As you may have recently have heard, ownership and management of vpsBoard has been taken over by KnownHost. That may leave you wondering where we stand on transparency and how we will remain unbiased towards other provides.

As you may know, KnownHost is a managed VPS provider, we take pride in our customers and attempt to provide a white label experience. We wish to do the same with vpsBoard. With vpsBoard you will be free to post your offers without any interference or censorship from us as long as your post are within the rules of the forum. Which you can view here. We will not take any action against a member, positive or negative, for being a customer of KnownHost or writing a review about KnownHost or its brands. We wish to keep vpsBoard as an unbiased place for everyone to share knowledge.

Our vision for vpsBoard

@MannDude set out a great vision for vpsBoard when it began, and we do not wish to change that. You can see it at https://vpsboard.com/threads/this-is-vpsboard.2223/

Moderation Approach

vpsBoard's moderation team will be taking a light-handed approach to moderation in keeping true with our mission of transparency. New members are always welcome here. Posts/threads will not be moderated or locked simply because a user or provider got their feelings hurt or disagrees with a post or review. We are of the opinion that potential customers can review any arguments put forth by the customer and the company to make an informed decision about what happened.

vpsBoard Staff
Previous staff from vpsBoard consisted of @MannDude, @HalfEatenPie, @MartinD and @Nick.

@MannDude will be remaining on-board as a moderator and will poke his head in as his personal life allows. He is the founder of vpsBoard and we all owe him a great deal for this being here for us to all convene.

@HalfEatenPie is retiring and will not have any moderation/administrative duties. He plans to stick with the community.

@MartinD retired prior to vpsBoard’s shutdown and will remain retired. He is no longer involved with the hosting industry but is always welcome here, of course.

@Nick is remaining on staff as a moderator.

In addition to @MannDude and @Nick, a few trusted community members will be joining the moderation team:

@ChrisM
@raindog308
@~Lee~

For sake of transparency, @ChrisM and I are KnownHost employees.

Congratulations to our new and existing moderation team, and a huge thanks to MannDude for founding vpsBoard, and HalfEatenPie and Martin-D for their years of work put into ensuring vpsBoard was the best web hosting forum.

What's New
The core of vpsBoard has been moved off of the old and much hated IPB software over to the XenForo platform. You should find this platform to be much faster and cleaner with a much better user experience overall.

The offers section no longer consists of verified/unverified provider's offerings, it simply consists of offerings. The verified provider user type does still exist and for the time being is only a badge displayed under your name on posts. It does still give access to a private forum that only verified providers are able to access.

vpsBoard is being revamped into a more generalized hosting forum, and not geared so much at VPSs specifically. Virtualized hosting will likely always be the focal of vpsBoard as it continues to grow in popularity around the world compared to bare metal hosting.

#vpsBoard IRC
#vpsboard on irc.freenode.net is alive and kicking! Come on in and join the party. Don't forget to add your IRC handle to your vpsB profile.

Advertising on vpsBoard
At this time no official advertising packages/spots have been set. This will happen at a later time. Our primary focus right now is on the community.

When advertising packages are announced, past-advertisers will get first dibs on the available spots/packages.

If you're interested in advertising on vpsBoard immediately please contact me via PM.

Feedback & Support
Got suggestions? Need help? Head over to https://vpsboard.com/forums/feedback-support.48/
Its good to hear that the core of vpsBoard has been moved over to the XenForo platform. I appreciate it very much.

thanks
 

cm-josh

New Member
Joined this forum and then noticed "Hosting Talk & Reviews" has hostperl posting his offers there since March 23rd... I guess that says it all.
 
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