Are Aimoo and ZetaBoards Being Neglected?

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I just happened to be on the Aimoo site from a link elsewhere and noticed the copyright line is 2 (and soon will be 3) years out of date!
Copyright © 2000-2011 Aimoo Free Forum All rights reserved.

The first thing that struck me was just how reminiscent it was of the old yuku. Aimoo always copied what was done at yuku - or at least tried to. I then noticed that line and see these pages must be rather old. Little surprise it still looked like the old yuku!

Curiosity got the better of me and I visited ZetaBoards. Their copyright line?
Zathyus Networks, Inc. © 2002-2011.

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Hmmm....very interesting. I have a back up board for the Castle at Aimoo. I get in there occasionally.

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Has there been much sign of development over there?

I do realize there is only a limited number of things that can be done with a message board and the more features anything has, the more troublesome it can become. Changing a simple thing like a date is not a huge job and these places could even write a little code to make it change itself. Me? I just have a busy January. :)

I think a site looks abandoned and neglected if these dates are not current. Surely, this increases bounce rate, which is not good! Readers want "current". Potential members setting up a board will want to be reassured that it is being maintained and will remain around.

It may be a very small thing but could have a bigger impact and it is a simple thing to resolve.

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Nothing much has changed in the years I have been at Aimoo, Andrew. They have been shut down twice for allowing kiddie porn on some of their boards. One of those times, their host site dropped them and they had to find another server to host their boards. I haven't seen much in the way of updating. In fairness to Aimoo, I must add that I am not there much, mostly when Yuku goes down. I stop in occasionally just to look in.

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They are probably just stagnating. People come and people go. So long as there are people and content, they have a service. There really is not a whole lot of need to do much with a messageboard if the regulars are content with it. True, if they get too fancy, they may have to rework the front end to meet more modern standards but if basic it should work for all, both old and new.

Yuku never became what was originally intended. If it had done, it would have been ahead of the game for many years now. Aimoo copied what it saw rather than what it was meant to be. They did have the potential to do this judging by how fast I saw things done way back then. To try and make a comparison: Yuku was intended to be more like vBulletin 4.x and yet it was more like vBulletin 3.x. As you know, on your arrival to yuku, everything just stopped and remained that way for years. Aimoo replicated what it liked and ignored what it didn't. At that time too, Aimoo offered MSN imports, whereas with yuku, it was a last gasp thing. Pretty much since that time, I guess Aimoo has stopped progressing.

Having said there is little need for investment, taking care of these little details can make or break whether someone chooses to set up a home there. Not like it takes a huge amount of time either. In comparison to the earlier days, this does really look like neglect and no longer caring.

Way back in the ezBoard days, the copyright date changing was very random and yes could take a very long time to happen. The guys often needed a nudge. The software was buggy but it also worked well. There was a HUGE userbase (that puts all others by today's standards to shame) and this did help instill confidence. On the other hand, there was less competition too.

From memory, ZetaBoards also started off really well. I don't know a whole lot about it but InvisionFree has not really changed that much, so I would not think ZetaBoards would.

Apart from being messageboards, the other thing they have in common is being ad-supported. The revenue from adverts has dropped considerably over these years. I think both Google and Yahoo! recently reported around a 10% drop between the last quarters of 2012 and 2013. These are the experts too - as well as suppliers to these "free" messageboards.

Less incentive to do anything but changing the date is such a tiny change to make in comparison to the cost of the loss of potential new messageboards.

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Hi Andrew. I see what you are saying. I'd love to see message boards regain some off the popularity they once had. I guess that's just a dream. We all know that Progress does not allow returning to old ways. Have a great day, Andrew.

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Things are definitely turning in a positive direction though: viewtopic.php?f=80&t=2188

Ning are holding their own quite well too but their business model is realistic and cannot fail.

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I visit both Yuku and Aimoo, I must say though I prefer Yuku, Aimoo seems slow posting images from PB.

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andrew wrote:They are probably just stagnating. People come and people go. So long as there are people and content, they have a service. There really is not a whole lot of need to do much with a messageboard if the regulars are content with it. True, if they get too fancy, they may have to rework the front end to meet more modern standards but if basic it should work for all, both old and new.

Yuku never became what was originally intended. If it had done, it would have been ahead of the game for many years now. Aimoo copied what it saw rather than what it was meant to be. They did have the potential to do this judging by how fast I saw things done way back then. To try and make a comparison: Yuku was intended to be more like vBulletin 4.x and yet it was more like vBulletin 3.x. As you know, on your arrival to yuku, everything just stopped and remained that way for years. Aimoo replicated what it liked and ignored what it didn't. At that time too, Aimoo offered MSN imports, whereas with yuku, it was a last gasp thing. Pretty much since that time, I guess Aimoo has stopped progressing.

Having said there is little need for investment, taking care of these little details can make or break whether someone chooses to set up a home there. Not like it takes a huge amount of time either. In comparison to the earlier days, this does really look like neglect and no longer caring.

Way back in the ezBoard days, the copyright date changing was very random and yes could take a very long time to happen. The guys often needed a nudge. The software was buggy but it also worked well. There was a HUGE userbase (that puts all others by today's standards to shame) and this did help instill confidence. On the other hand, there was less competition too.

From memory, ZetaBoards also started off really well. I don't know a whole lot about it but InvisionFree has not really changed that much, so I would not think ZetaBoards would.

Apart from being messageboards, the other thing they have in common is being ad-supported. The revenue from adverts has dropped considerably over these years. I think both Google and Yahoo! recently reported around a 10% drop between the last quarters of 2012 and 2013. These are the experts too - as well as suppliers to these "free" messageboards.

Less incentive to do anything but changing the date is such a tiny change to make in comparison to the cost of the loss of potential new messageboards.



You nailed it Andrew! :)
I tried going back to aimpoo and I think I only lasted three days there before moving along and finding something better.

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How many did you kill along the way? :rollin

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andrew wrote:How many did you kill along the way? :rollin

None, left them in the dust they don't even know I'm gone. :P

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What do ya'll think if Aimoo now a days?
I'm asking because I just made a board over there yesterday.

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