Newest Review: ... is forbidden. I've been a member of a couple of proboard forums and was a moderator for five of these boards. A lot of them now are ... more
Creating Communities Since 1066
Member Name: Chloboshoka
Advantages: Lots of features and very easy to use and free.
Disadvantages: No under 13s allowed.
Proboards is one of the biggest websites in the world owned by Patrick Clinger. Since it's fist day in business, it's gone on to host over 3 millions forums. Proboards is a message board service that allows people to create their own forums and make online communities. These forums can be about any topic you like ranging from The Beatles to cookery tips. Of course like every site, Proboards has it's own terms and conditions and they can be quite strict if you disobey their rules, and up until 2010 boards could be created in any language the potential admin wishes it to be.
You have to be 13 and over to use the service, weather you are a moderator or just a member and adult content is forbidden. I've been a member of a couple of proboard forums and was a moderator for five of these boards. A lot of them now are either dead or been deleted. One of the reasons they were deleted was because of adult discussions and there were members under 13 joining. Not all of them though. Some of the admins decided to delete the forums because they didn't have the time to run it and because they felt the forum wasn't needed anymore.
I am however a moderator for an active proboards forum called Advancers. We're lucky to have an active forum because having a forum on proboards can be very competitive so it's important that the forum you make has faithful members and has something that other forums don't. I'm lucky to be a part of the community and most of the staff there already knew each other through other forums and on fanfiction.net and then we decided to make our own forum.
Advancers started about June 2012, but I'm proud to have seen the forum grow into a really successful forum with lots of active posters. We often host contests, stories and talk about our daily lives there. As knowing what it's like to be on both sides of the forum world, I can say in my experience that Proboards is very easy to use.
It is very easy to customize pretty much everything in the forums. Including controling who you want to view certain boards such as password protected boards and boards that only members and staff can see. On the forum I'm a moderator on, there are a lot of password protected boards and some forums are only visible to users to encourage more members.
One of the big advantages Proboards has is advertisements. You do have to pay to stop advertisements on your page, but I think Proboards makes a lot of profit on this because there's millions of boards and there's bound to be some people who paid to block ads. These ads can be distracting and in my experience they often have nothing to do with the theme of the forum. However ad block for your browser usually fixes this problem for free.
My overall view on Proboards is that it is good for both beginners and experts and very user friendly. If you wanted to make a forum, then I would say this is a good site to start with. There is also a good support forum out there where you can get help with your forum.
Summary: A good service to the internet.