I started one of the Yahoo Forums "Beekeeping 2" and then LITERALLY I forgot all about it. I came back looking for a beekeeping forum, saw I was the admin (remembered starting it then) and was amazed it had over 200 members - lol.
Then, I started seeing the porn posts, endless vulgar stuff that I wanted NOTHING to do with and even worse: had no ability as Admin to delete existing posts or block future porn spamming.
I gave up, let the scum of the Earth have that site.
I haven't mentioned in a long time how I found that I had Forum Software available to me. It's as good a time as any to repeat it.
I belonged to a RV forum where I was Irrate about them adding embedded ads to their forum pages. They were already selling the user info to everyone and their brothers and they themselves are the largest RV Publishing/digital network in the world.
So I complained a lot and eventually got the big boot. I thought about making my own RVing forum and first searched download sites, but eventually found that in my website hosting panel it had a BBS create button, and sure enough it was this software and I made a RVing BBS which NO ONE ever visited. I even named it "The Least Used RVING FORUM on the NET"
I already had the Beekeeping Course Section and figured it would be a nice add-on to the site if people wanted to write me (or other beekeepers) they could without getting lost in the junkmail of my email box.
That was Febuary 19th, 2004 (still less than a year) and the rest is history
so, although I'll never go back to the RVing forum, I do have to thank them for igniting this forum - and I made myself the promise that commercial free will be a major part of the theme of the forum, I'd be hypocritical if it were any other way.