Well, it wasn’t Cobra, the Dreadnoks, Serpentor’s Coil, or even the Fatal Furries that killed the JBL forums. It wasn’t even an outside hacker or malicious attack.
Nope, it was a well-intended admin who had received a “database size exceeded” notice from his hosting company.
This morning about 11:00am CST while doing some maintenance I accidentally wiped out the database containing the JBL forums. That’s right– the entire forums. Every post, every poll, and every member from the last 7 years was erased in one quick keystroke. There is no backup, there is no turning back.
What does this mean going forward for the individuals who still used the forums? Well, it looks like I’ll be doing some rebuilding over the next few hours. I can put the structure back as closely as I can but the content will be gone. However, this is where you come in.
Let’s face it– the forums have been wiped out before. When we left EZboard and merged with the now-defunct RingofCollectors.com, the forums were rebuilt. When our database crashed after that, they were rebuilt. From the ashes of the old can arise the new– but only if people want it to. Once the new forums are rebuilt, stop on by. Register an account and post something. Start a topic, post a custom, create a poll– whatever you feel like. This is a chance to build something new from the ashes of something that had become a bit of a dinosaur.
Keep your eyes peeled both here and on our Facebook page– that’s where the announcement that the new forums are LIVE will go up. Until then, all I can say is “Sorry gang… I’ll fix it.”