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Most Challenging Forum Owner Experience

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Shawn Gossman

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Jun 17, 2022
What has been the most challenging experience you've had to deal with as a forum owner?

For me, it was dealing with database issues on a very large forum I used to have. I bought out my competition and merged it over to my forum. It had over 10,000 members at that point and hundreds of thousands of posts. I was nearly a Big Board.

Then the database corrupted. I didn't backup like I should had. I ended up losing the forum. The ROI of buying the competition was negative in the end.

It aided in me taking a break from forums for a few years.

I learned the importance of backing up things. I also came back without an interest on being that competitive. If I can't grow the forum without buying other forums, then I shouldn't get into forums.

In all honestly, I'm glad it happened because I learned something.

How about you? What's your story?