Recommendation for a message board program?
I have an idea. A good idea. A message board that does not censor or delete comments. Many times on Craigslist's' Rant and Rave section I have posted comments on a variety of subjects, but any idiot can come along and flag a post and render my hard work GONE. I really wish Craigslist would eliminate the ability to flag posts but they refuse. Some self-righteous 60 year old 500 pound A-hole sitting at home alone gets to be the judge and jury on what other people write and takes it on himself to delete posts. What's the sense of that flagging ability?
And the mods / owners here have limited tolerance for my opinions.
My own website ( www.loudmouthtim.com , for those of you who somehow don't know by now ) uses a proboards message board that I set up years ago, but it hardly ever gets used for some strange reason, so I haven't seen much problem with it.
I remember only vague details of when this site got its new layout, and there was talk about how hard it was to get it all set up and going.
I don't want anything fancy or complex to set up. I want something where I can assign forum titles and topics, create a simple HTML page to host it on, and go.
There'll probably be a wide variety of sections and subsections. And as I said, it'll be open and unrestricted. Politics, racism, sex, cars, home improvements, money, drug use, etc. The list goes on. I'm sure it'll catch on once people far and wide realize their posts won't get deleted. And yes, a lot of shameless self promotion for my site and videos too.
So what's a good message board program that costs as little as possible or better yet is free and ad-supported, and can scale up and take the load once a lot of users start hitting the site?
And how can I profit from this? Ads? Charge people a $1 a month membership fee once the user base grows for a while?