vpsBoard's Future

Discussion in 'Announcements & Contests' started by Jonathan, May 4, 2017.

  1. Jonathan

    Jonathan Woohoo Administrator Verified Provider

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    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.
     
  2. QuadraNet_Adam

    QuadraNet_Adam Active Member Verified Provider

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    Crickets... this board needs more activity for sure
     
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  3. lowesthost

    lowesthost Member Verified Provider

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    Indeed has not been the same since MannDude gave it up :(
     
  4. River

    River Member Verified Provider

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    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.
     
  5. HBAndrei

    HBAndrei Active Member Verified Provider

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    They're usually keen on helping out people regain access to lost accounts...
     
  6. River

    River Member Verified Provider

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    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.
     
  7. Aldryic C'boas

    Aldryic C'boas The Pony

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    A little late to the party... but this is a welcome surprise.
     
  8. ChrisM

    ChrisM Cocktail Enthusiast Moderator Verified Provider

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    Welcome back Aldryic!
     
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  9. graeme

    graeme Active Member

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    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.
     
  10. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

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    Welcome back man.
     
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  11. Aldryic C'boas

    Aldryic C'boas The Pony

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    Thanks Mr Dude!
     
  12. River

    River Member Verified Provider

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    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.
     
  13. graeme

    graeme Active Member

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    @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.
     
  14. Jonathan

    Jonathan Woohoo Administrator Verified Provider

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    That was/is the goal, but yeah we've been pretty busy with KH duties lately. We've not forgotten vpsB though.
     
  15. River

    River Member Verified Provider

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    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.
     
  16. graeme

    graeme Active Member

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    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.
     
  17. Jonathan

    Jonathan Woohoo Administrator Verified Provider

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    @MannDude wasn't seeking a buyer. We reached out to him.
     
  18. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

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    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.