I knew that Bob, but taking MONTHS to get it back online happened because the previous owner was not paying attention. That is what happens when the owner doesn’t take their forums seriously,it tends to suffer. The ORIGINAL owner was great! as he made his presence known with his regular postings and administrative actions,which help drive the forum ahead.
I have seen this pattern several times now, Liberty Dwells forum was hacked,but owner didn’t restore it because he didn’t do proper backups. Then he finds some of the stuff,he didn’t restore it because he took way to long to do it. Globalic Warming forum, died because the owner didn’t maintain the set up,it was a decent warmist site too which is a shame as the main moderator there allowed skeptics like me to post my stuff without a problem. It died due to a spam bomb attack,since he never upgraded to phpBB3,with a much better spam prevention set up. Same with Bouncers forum, another interesting liberal forum that was neglected by the owner,who got angry with me for making suggestions,even banned me,then left in a huff (the forum was still alive then) but the Moderator restored me, but stopped visiting there for a while,then later decided to see what it look like now,it has been wiped out by hackers who love long out of data phpbb2 software. The list goes on.
One last forum before I end this rant,
Free Conservatives was a large active forum with a few thousand members in it.I joined that place in Jan 1,2005,enjoyed posting there with over 5,000 postings in it. But something rotten was going on during the time I was active,the quality of the Moderating was at times TERRIBLE,they were grossly unfair to the many liberals who for some reason had joined by the HUNDREDS to debate something,which provides energy to the place The Mod decisions were too often one sided and simply unfair,I remember saying to myself about it over and as I saw it happen. The owner after a few years (Warlady) had taken a back seat and away for long periods of time,which means no one in place to keep the Mods honest. She came back a different person,who was heck of a lot more intolerant of opposing viewpoints,the mods seem to pick up on it, where they started banning even conservatives too. The liberals stopped joining and the ones who were there became members of the banned list,which essentially killed the forum,but there were a lot of great stuff still sitting in it,including a huge sub forum on climate stuff that I was very active in.
I went away for a year,came back to see if the forum was under a new owner,whom I bugged a few times in personal messages,saying he needs to ditch most of the Mods,for new ones. He decided to delete a lot of stuff to restart a new one with me as an Administrator to watch over it,but then decided to wait a while to fully restore it,kept the place shut down. That is why Liberty Dwells grew rapidly for a time as people got tired of waiting for Rhino to get it rolling,I waited too for over THREE years for him to open it up. This means that members of both forums they were in were let down by the neglectful owners. The once fine conservative forum died because of bad neglectful owners who didn’t stay on top of it.
It was my favorite forum to visit too.I still miss it.
Here is the wayback to it, I was online as shown in the link in early 2006