Would You Buy a Science Forum & Monetize It?

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It's almost dead with some hangers on. Long established. No ads. Do you think they would take £650 for it at a complete guess? I have no clue but that's what I want to pay.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    In cold, financial terms, they should bite your hand off. But if it's almost dead and yet staggering on, it sounds like a labour of love for the owner(s), so maybe there are other motivations involved.

    Is the name itself recognisable and respected enough to be worth paying for?
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    • Profile picture of the author Oscar K
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      In cold, financial terms, they should bite your hands off. But if it's almost dead and yet staggering on, it sounds like a labour of love for the owner(s), so maybe there are other motivations involved.

      Is the name itself recognisable and respected enough to be worth paying for?
      Let's call it 'The Science Place'. Generic but good - or not? I was thinking cold hard cash might work around about now too.

      I'm told it got hacked a few years ago and the mods and admin "had a bun fight" and now there's about 5 or 6 regular posters and one uninterested mod that I can see. It's so quiet even the spammers have abandoned it.

      There seems to be room for much improvement. It's really the cost and time of setting up a forum from scratch which I am paying for. Name too will help. Some members and there may be an email list I can use to get members back. Not too sure right now - never done it before. I have my eye on someone to mod for me. Admin might need paying.
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      • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
        Originally Posted by Oscar K View Post

        It's really the cost and time of setting up a forum from scratch which I am paying for. Name too will help. Some members and there may be an email list I can use to get members back.
        Fair enough. To answer your question in the thread title, I'd consider buying it only if the subject matter appealed. But I'd look upon it as a long-term project without relying on any eventual return on investment.

        Again, I don't know if the present owner is actually wanting to sell, but I'd start with getting a rough market valuation for the domain name (any valuation is going to be rough - I'd just pick one from a known valuer that sounds plausible) and go with that as an offer. Who knows - the owner might just be happy to step down and see the forum continue under like-minded management.
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        • Profile picture of the author Oscar K
          Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

          Fair enough. To answer your question in the thread title, I'd consider buying it only if the subject matter appealed. But I'd look upon it as a long-term project without relying on any eventual return on investment.

          Again, I don't know if the present owner is actually wanting to sell, but I'd start with getting a rough market valuation for the domain name (any valuation is going to be rough - I'd just pick one from a known valuer that sounds plausible) and go with that as an offer. Who knows - the owner might just be happy to step down and see the forum continue under like-minded management.
          Where did you get that telepathy? I'd buy that. All boxes checked except the bit about a valuer.

          Cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    The platform is interesting, but the question is: who visits?

    If you are able to buy it, you have marketing issues. People need to know it exists, and not just any people: the right people. Do you have plans on how you're going to reach that audience?

    Then you need a 'draw'. What or who is going to interest these potential audience members into coming over to, joining and participating in your forum? Mere existence is not enough. A name change is not enough.

    Be thinking about brand: what's your promise to the audience?
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    • Profile picture of the author Oscar K
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      The platform is interesting, but the question is: who visits?

      If you are able to buy it, you have marketing issues. People need to know it exists, and not just any people: the right people.

      Thank you for the question. It did show up top in its field on Google at one time. So whatever it takes for it to get back up there, I suppose. More content should help.

      Links from a YouTube/BitChute channel. Live feeds on Twitch from the forum (with link and the rest of the live feed). Facebook group with free giveaways. Plus standard marketing stuff which I'll have to brush up on. Forum limitations allowing.

      Do you have plans on how you're going to reach that audience?

      Vague ones.

      Then you need a 'draw'. What or who is going to interest these potential audience members into coming over to, joining and participating in your forum? Mere existence is not enough.

      The site is monochrome - literally and figuratively. It is staid and old fashioned. It is very scientific and hostile to non-scientists. I will attract a more modern and varied audience with popular science and science related content with a leaning to the more controversial. Free and unfettered debate on vaxing, global warming, babies, logging, politics, pseudoscience, witchery etc. More and better categories and no old buggers calling the other members stupid.

      Coupons for medical stuff like vitamins, videos, podcasts, live chat, competitions, games. Basically something like that which would make it unrecognizable to the previous owner, and unrecognizable as science by scientists.

      A name change is not enough.

      The name is pretty good - more than OK.

      Be thinking about brand: what's your promise to the audience?

      Science is entertaining and fun but also serious and important. Science in an interesting way to discover what goes on in the world and can solve problems for you. We're a friendly community of science lovers who just love to talk. Don't be afraid to say what you think - we don't bite. See our exclusive videos, download free screensavers and get the hat. Free giveaways every week and live experiments on a regular basis. Can 10,000 cherry bombs disintegrate a bowling ball? What happens when you microwave a mobile phone? Who will win the fight: Tiger or Lion? Check back soon and you'll find out. On a more serious note we have a women's advice section and a board dedicated to the ins and outs of vaccines, with many subcategories and links to source material available so you can decide for yourself. Or have a friendly debate with other members (Yes, name calling will get you banned) [etc]
      Wow, that was exhausting. Most challenging response I have ever received on a forum and I do appreciate the momentum that this gives me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oscar K
    $1700 /$2500/ £177.66.

    A grand is too much. Offer £500/pay up to £750?

    It was 18 thousand dollars four years ago.
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    Waiting response from owner but messages went to mod and admin panel. May need to look them up elsewhere.
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    Originally Posted by Oscar K View Post

    $1700 /$2500/ £177.66.
    A grand is too much. Offer £500/pay up to £750?
    It was 18 thousand dollars four years ago.
    I was going to ask whether you already had a relationship with the owner or whether you're going straight in with a cold offer. My own preference would be to first try to get a feel for any interest in selling.

    Originally Posted by Oscar K View Post

    Waiting response from owner but messages went to mod and admin panel. May need to look them up elsewhere.
    OK. This being Christmas Eve, I suppose they might have other priorities. But, fingers crossed - let us know how you get on.
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    • Profile picture of the author Oscar K
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      I was going to ask whether you already had a relationship with the owner or whether you're going straight in with a cold offer. My own preference would be to first try to get a feel for any interest in selling.


      OK. This being Christmas Eve, I suppose they might have other priorities. But, fingers crossed - let us know how you get on.
      Cold offer. The owner seems absent. Probably keeping it going for the few mates they have. I feel that the admin/mod is cold-shouldering me as they don't want to be taken over.

      Thought maybe a partnership could be dangled but square peg into round hole.

      Thanks for your input and I'll get back on here if any progress.

      It was just a thought but now I want it. More a question of motivation (on their side) to sell which probably is not there. Yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    £650 ( $880.00 USD ) could be a steal.

    The real question that needs to be asked is are you buying the "Domain" or are you buying the turnkey setup? I would look to see what software they are running the Forum on and consider the value of that.

    Any web property that was once ranked well can easily be brought back.. a web property that has never really been monetized in any way shape or form can easily be turned to profit.

    If the topic is of interest to you, I would say go with it... All the indicators of being able to turn it around "financially" seem to be there.
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    • Profile picture of the author Oscar K
      Originally Posted by savidge4 View Post

      £650 ( $880.00 USD ) could be a steal.

      The real question that needs to be asked is are you buying the "Domain" or are you buying the turnkey setup? I would look to see what software they are running the Forum on and consider the value of that.

      Any web property that was once ranked well can easily be brought back.. a web property that has never really been monetized in any way shape or form can easily be turned to profit.

      If the topic is of interest to you, I would say go with it... All the indicators of being able to turn it around "financially" seem to be there.
      Domain? Turnkey set up? There's a domain name and it's good. The ready-made aspect is appealing.

      The software is vBulletin. Never really been a fan and it may not work for what I need to put on there so that may need changing. Not by me though! I hear it can be a nightmare.

      I would likely let it run the way it is for a while. For a few reasons. One being I haven't a clue yet.
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        Originally Posted by Oscar K View Post

        Domain? Turnkey set up? There's a domain name and it's good. The ready-made aspect is appealing.

        The software is vBulletin. Never really been a fan and it may not work for what I need to put on there so that may need changing. Not by me though! I hear it can be a nightmare.

        I would likely let it run the way it is for a while. For a few reasons. One being I haven't a clue yet.
        So some technical advice here.. you DONT want to change it, because you think it needs changing. Changing structure ( BB Software ) you are changing the existing content in how Google sees it. All of the upside potential of previous content that at one time ranked and has value would be lost. You may as well just start over.

        Keep in mind and someone please correct me if i am wrong this Forum is vB.. its a bit more versitile than one generally thinks.

        The content and its integrity is the value..and the minute you start playing around with change Software, you end up worse than say changing a wordpress theme and that can be dramatic. Basically in terms of search traffic you would be shooting yourself in the foot - well maybe more direct a straight shot to the temple is probably a better analogy LOL
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        • Profile picture of the author Oscar K
          Originally Posted by savidge4 View Post

          So some technical advice here.. you DONT want to change it, because you think it needs changing. Changing structure ( BB Software ) you are changing the existing content in how Google sees it. All of the upside potential of previous content that at one time ranked and has value would be lost. You may as well just start over.

          Keep in mind and someone please correct me if i am wrong this Forum is vB.. its a bit more versitile than one generally thinks.

          The content and its integrity is the value..and the minute you start playing around with change Software, you end up worse than say changing a wordpress theme and that can be dramatic. Basically in terms of search traffic you would be shooting yourself in the foot - well maybe more direct a straight shot to the temple is probably a better analogy LOL
          Thank you for setting me right on this. I may have thought to mess. That's why I will need admin!
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by Oscar K View Post

    It's almost dead with some hangers on. Long established. No ads. Do you think they would take £650 for it at a complete guess? I have no clue but that's what I want to pay.
    Seems like a good price, the platform here, (starting from scratch) is about $275, (the WF platform hasn't been updated, as they would most likely lose some of their well won options and data) and about $70 per month, mainly for help if something breaks, (but that is an option).

    The one l am with Invision has no up front costs, but a monthly cost that add,s up, (you can PM me about that, or just type in Invision).

    Invision is a hell of a platform, but it will take months to learn it all, so you have to take into account learning a lot, while managing, (any platform is the same, it is big and takes time to learn it all).

    Originally Posted by Oscar K View Post

    Let's call it 'The Science Place'. Generic but good - or not? I was thinking cold hard cash might work around about now too.

    I'm told it got hacked a few years ago and the mods and admin "had a bun fight" and now there's about 5 or 6 regular posters and one uninterested mod that I can see. It's so quiet even the spammers have abandoned it.

    There seems to be room for much improvement. It's really the cost and time of setting up a forum from scratch which I am paying for. Name too will help. Some members and there may be an email list I can use to get members back. Not too sure right now - never done it before. I have my eye on someone to mod for me. Admin might need paying.
    I used to be part of a great forum, that got overrun with Porn spam, and in the end the kid running it, had to let it go, (he literally couldn't afford it anymore).

    Originally Posted by Oscar K View Post

    Wow, that was exhausting. Most challenging response I have ever received on a forum and I do appreciate the momentum that this gives me.
    Originally Posted by Oscar K View Post

    Cold offer. The owner seems absent. Probably keeping it going for the few mates they have. I feel that the admin/mod is cold-shouldering me as they don't want to be taken over.

    Thought maybe a partnership could be dangled but square peg into round hole.

    Thanks for your input and I'll get back on here if any progress.

    It was just a thought but now I want it. More a question of motivation (on their side) to sell which probably is not there. Yet.
    My forum, (as yours seems to be for subjects) is based on a very successful platform, that is poorly run, without going into the details. Or l am basing my one, (monetization, areas of interest, etc) on theirs, since l know it works. But l care more about making it active than profitable, since other interests cover that.

    Annoying, but sure if someone new comes in, they may go on a rampage, so becoming a member there with some reassurances would help.

    Originally Posted by Oscar K View Post

    Domain? Turnkey set up? There's a domain name and it's good. The ready-made aspect is appealing.

    The software is vBulletin. Never really been a fan and it may not work for what I need to put on there so that may need changing. Not by me though! I hear it can be a nightmare.

    I would likely let it run the way it is for a while. For a few reasons. One being I haven't a clue yet.
    Lol, yes, one thing at a time, l have been running my one, from scratch for the last 5 months, and had the advantage of doing all of the graphics myself.

    And after working pretty hard at it, am slowly seeing SEO movement, as well as ways of getting new signups.

    But suffice to say every member is gold, and you will be paying for that, either through effort or time.

    Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author Oscar K
      Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

      Seems like a good price, the platform here, (starting from scratch) is about $275, (the WF platform hasn't been updated, as they would most likely lose some of their well won options and data) and about $70 per month, mainly for help if something breaks, (but that is an option).

      I think £750 tops would not be too much to pay. Slightly over the price of the Pachinko machine I didn't buy and a better investment.

      The one l am with Invision has no up front costs, but a monthly cost that add,s up, (you can PM me about that, or just type in Invision).

      I really do appreciate the offer. You may hear from me at some point

      Invision is a hell of a platform, but it will take months to learn it all, so you have to take into account learning a lot, while managing, (any platform is the same, it is big and takes time to learn it all).

      Yes, I understand that running a forum is no simple matter. This will be a side project going into 2021 until I gain momentum.

      I used to be part of a great forum, that got overrun with Porn spam, and in the end the kid running it, had to let it go, (he literally couldn't afford it anymore).

      Mods will be vital. It will get spammed. Number one consideration considering the previous hacking of the site.

      My forum, (as yours seems to be for subjects) is based on a very successful platform, that is poorly run, without going into the details. Or l am basing my one, (monetization, areas of interest, etc) on theirs, since l know it works. But l care more about making it active than profitable, since other interests cover that.

      I will make it subversive for the sake of clicks. But not click-baity. And also for the fun. It has to be fun.

      Annoying, but sure if someone new comes in, they may go on a rampage, so becoming a member there with some reassurances would help.

      I am a member but not very well liked or respected. It's cliquey. I am doing my own thing with the future in mind.

      Lol, yes, one thing at a time, l have been running my one, from scratch for the last 5 months, and had the advantage of doing all of the graphics myself.

      I would like to learn graphic design in a formal way. If you know of any good free or cheap crash courses I'd be interested to hear. Ones I have seen are either too expensive or too involved. I just need to know what colour goes with green and how to spread objects around so they look balanced kind of thing.

      And after working pretty hard at it, am slowly seeing SEO movement, as well as ways of getting new signups.

      I think video is the main way I intend to attract visitors and new members. I'd be looking at ways to make sign up a breeze.

      But suffice to say every member is gold, and you will be paying for that, either through effort or time.

      Or cash? But time I have and effort I will make.

      Good luck.

      Thanks.
      Once I get the forum going I think I may find a partner or two. The media landscape is changing drastically as far as deplatforming and throttling of independent journalists and content creators. Many are looking for new homes. YouTube is now almost completely bereft of novelty.

      I foresee an independent but apparently mainstream site being able to drum up controlled controversy enough to cause link sharing. I would directly contact potential contributors. I can see some cash input from some creators in exchange for promotion of sorts.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by tagiscom

    Seems like a good price, the platform here, (starting from scratch) is about $275, (the WF platform hasn't been updated, as they would most likely lose some of their well won options and data) and about $70 per month, mainly for help if something breaks, (but that is an option).

    I think £750 tops would not be too much to pay. Slightly over the price of the Pachinko machine I didn't buy and a better investment.
    $600 is the usual price for a reasonably profitable website or blog, although pounds as does US currency in Australia ramps up the price.

    The one l am with Invision has no up front costs, but a monthly cost that add,s up, (you can PM me about that, or just type in Invision).

    I really do appreciate the offer. You may hear from me at some point


    Invision is a hell of a platform, but it will take months to learn it all, so you have to take into account learning a lot, while managing, (any platform is the same, it is big and takes time to learn it all).

    Yes, I understand that running a forum is no simple matter. This will be a side project going into 2021 until I gain momentum.
    I took this on during lockdown, (the longest in the world) and in between, that and other things got me through, (at least this wave)

    But it is like learning a new language, which is great if you are trapped in your house or restricted in travel distance, or to put it another way it keeps your mind active.


    I used to be part of a great forum, that got overrun with Porn spam, and in the end the kid running it, had to let it go, (he literally couldn't afford it anymore).

    Mods will be vital. It will get spammed. Number one consideration considering the previous hacking of the site.
    Invision has great AntiSpam software, and Invision also has an area for other Theme owners, so l know how bad Spam can get, and have moderated also.

    My forum, (as yours seems to be for subjects) is based on a very successful platform, that is poorly run, without going into the details. Or l am basing my one, (monetization, areas of interest, etc) on theirs, since l know it works. But l care more about making it active than profitable, since other interests cover that.

    I will make it subversive for the sake of clicks. But not click-baity. And also for the fun. It has to be fun.
    Agreed, that is the reason l chose my domain name, since l could play with the theme, (can't have fun with text when it is called TESLA).

    Annoying, but sure if someone new comes in, they may go on a rampage, so becoming a member there with some reassurances would help.

    I am a member but not very well liked or respected. It's cliquey. I am doing my own thing with the future in mind.
    I can understand that after being a mod, and then not being one. It is a horrible experience, and not something l would put anyone through, not without talking to them first, instead of keeping them guessing and pressing a button.

    Lol, yes, one thing at a time, l have been running my one, from scratch for the last 5 months, and had the advantage of doing all of the graphics myself.

    I would like to learn graphic design in a formal way. If you know of any good free or cheap crash courses I'd be interested to hear. Ones I have seen are either too expensive or too involved. I just need to know what colour goes with green and how to spread objects around so they look balanced kind of thing.
    If you only want the basics, then probably Paint, which may be free for Windows 10, and is free with W7 or earlier versions. And if you want more involved, then just go to Fiverr, and find someone new, who is desperate for a gig.

    And after working pretty hard at it, am slowly seeing SEO movement, as well as ways of getting new signups.

    I think video is the main way I intend to attract visitors and new members. I'd be looking at ways to make sign up a breeze.
    Also tried video, but you probably have to do a series to get traction with those.



    But suffice to say every member is gold, and you will be paying for that, either through effort or time.

    Or cash? But time I have and effort I will make.
    Or cash.

    Good luck.

    Thanks.

    Once I get the forum going I think I may find a partner or two. The media landscape is changing drastically as far as deplatforming and throttling of independent journalists and content creators. Many are looking for new homes. YouTube is now almost completely bereft of novelty.

    I foresee an independent but apparently mainstream site being able to drum up controlled controversy enough to cause link sharing. I would directly contact potential contributors. I can see some cash input from some creators in exchange for promotion of sorts.
    Worth a try, and true about YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, they are saturated platforms with little room to move for independence.
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      Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

      $600 is the usual price for a reasonably profitable website or blog, although pounds as does US currency in Australia ramps up the price.

      Profitable? Don't think it would be. Maybe £500 is the right price. But I don't feel it would sway the owner who I know zero about. I may try to look the owner up later but not sure if that's easy to do. Google will tell me.

      I took this on during lockdown, (the longest in the world) and in between, that and other things got me through, (at least this wave)

      But it is like learning a new language, which is great if you are trapped in your house or restricted in travel distance, or to put it another way it keeps your mind active.

      My mind is more than active enough already. I'm not always that great at some technical stuff. A few metaphorical holes in the brain here and there. So some things are not appealing at all. But if it needs doing it will get done.

      Invision has great AntiSpam software, and Invision also has an area for other Theme owners, so l know how bad Spam can get, and have moderated also.

      This would be a fantastic reason to consider Invision. More than that though is the options for fancy stuff. I know it will only be a forum but I would need to be able to display video in some way. and live feeds if possible. So as much like a website as possible. If not I will approach it another way. And some good live chat, maybe some news feeds. I don't know what's possible.

      Agreed, that is the reason l chose my domain name, since l could play with the theme, (can't have fun with text when it is called TESLA).

      I can understand that after being a mod, and then not being one. It is a horrible experience, and not something l would put anyone through, not without talking to them first, instead of keeping them guessing and pressing a button.

      Once I know in principal that the owner is interested I will personal/mass message all interested parties with reassurance of things remaining normal and unchanged for a good period. A promise of six months hands-off seems fair.

      I've modded on a couple of poker forums and it's a privileged and cool thing to do. The experience was...enlightening.

      If you only want the basics, then probably Paint, which may be free for Windows 10, and is free with W7 or earlier versions. And if you want more involved, then just go to Fiverr, and find someone new, who is desperate for a gig.

      It's more a personal than professional need. I'm getting more arty and into refurbishment of leather and wood and whatnot. I think knowing the 'alphabet' of design principles would be good. Some things you just do and it looks good but it takes too long and isn't always perfect. Some actual knowledge of basic design/graphic design would serve me well.

      Also tried video, but you probably have to do a series to get traction with those.

      Yes, I no doubt would want to do that. Forum would need to be lively and interactive on multiple levels.

      Or cash.

      Good luck.

      Thanks. The harder I try the luckier I'll get is my motto so I'll try hard.

      Worth a try, and true about YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, they are saturated platforms with little room to move for independence.
      Lots more springing up though. YouTube is becoming Netflix, said one commentator.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by tagiscom

    $600 is the usual price for a reasonably profitable website or blog, although pounds as does US currency in Australia ramps up the price.

    Profitable? Don't think it would be. Maybe £500 is the right price. But I don't feel it would sway the owner who I know zero about. I may try to look the owner up later but not sure if that's easy to do. Google will tell me.
    Best to go to the owners profile on his forum and see if he has any blog links, etc.

    I took this on during lockdown, (the longest in the world) and in between, that and other things got me through, (at least this wave)

    But it is like learning a new language, which is great if you are trapped in your house or restricted in travel distance, or to put it another way it keeps your mind active.

    My mind is more than active enough already. I'm not always that great at some technical stuff. A few metaphorical holes in the brain here and there. So some things are not appealing at all. But if it needs doing it will get done.
    Ok, your mind will be very active then.

    Invision has great AntiSpam software, and Invision also has an area for other Theme owners, so l know how bad Spam can get, and have moderated also.

    This would be a fantastic reason to consider Invision. More than that though is the options for fancy stuff. I know it will only be a forum but I would need to be able to display video in some way. and live feeds if possible. So as much like a website as possible. If not I will approach it another way. And some good live chat, maybe some news feeds. I don't know what's possible.
    Arr, invision does sell third party options, and does have images you can click on to go to each of their areas, (Invision members only forum uses that). The live feed is probably more of a YouTube, elite account, or that other company that does seminars?

    Gone through all of their options and didn't come across anything like that, but Invision themes, work like a dream with YT videos.

    Agreed, that is the reason l chose my domain name, since l could play with the theme, (can't have fun with text when it is called TESLA).

    I can understand that after being a mod, and then not being one. It is a horrible experience, and not something l would put anyone through, not without talking to them first, instead of keeping them guessing and pressing a button.

    Once I know in principal that the owner is interested I will personal/mass message all interested parties with reassurance of things remaining normal and unchanged for a good period. A promise of six months hands-off seems fair.

    I've modded on a couple of poker forums and it's a privileged and cool thing to do. The experience was...enlightening.
    Agreed, unless you piss off the wrong members, and they go after you, then less so.

    But being an Admin, on that forum, well, enlightening on steroids is more accurate.


    If you only want the basics, then probably Paint, which may be free for Windows 10, and is free with W7 or earlier versions. And if you want more involved, then just go to Fiverr, and find someone new, who is desperate for a gig.

    It's more a personal than professional need. I'm getting more arty and into refurbishment of leather and wood and whatnot. I think knowing the 'alphabet' of design principles would be good. Some things you just do and it looks good but it takes too long and isn't always perfect. Some actual knowledge of basic design/graphic design would serve me well.
    Phew not off hand, l have an account with Envato, and they allow or don't allow your work through, to sell, based on composition, tension of elements and color relationships to name a few, by some of the best graphic artists and illustrators in the industry.

    Or they are tough, and you learn a lot, (just type in Envato, Graphics to get started, l can't really post my account link here).

    Also tried video, but you probably have to do a series to get traction with those.

    Yes, I no doubt would want to do that. Forum would need to be lively and interactive on multiple levels.

    Or cash.

    Good luck.

    Thanks. The harder I try the luckier I'll get is my motto so I'll try hard.

    Worth a try, and true about YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, they are saturated platforms with little room to move for independence.
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    • Profile picture of the author Oscar K
      Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

      Best to go to the owners profile on his forum and see if he has any blog links, etc.

      Will do.

      Ok, your mind will be very active then.

      Arr, invision does sell third party options, and does have images you can click on to go to each of their areas, (Invision members only forum uses that). The live feed is probably more of a YouTube, elite account, or that other company that does seminars?

      Gone through all of their options and didn't come across anything like that, but Invision themes, work like a dream with YT videos.

      This interests me.

      Agreed, unless you piss off the wrong members, and they go after you, then less so.

      But being an Admin, on that forum, well, enlightening on steroids is more accurate.

      Mmmm...


      Phew not off hand, l have an account with Envato, and they allow or don't allow your work through, to sell, based on composition, tension of elements and color relationships to name a few, by some of the best graphic artists and illustrators in the industry.

      Composition for me usually means throwing the elements together in the best way I can. Colour has charts and a few basic concepts. Tension of elements therefore seems to be where I am lacking most. Maybe I should just look that up.

      Or they are tough, and you learn a lot, (just type in Envato, Graphics to get started, l can't really post my account link here).

      I will take a look. It sound like a challenge. And bound to learn something.

      This has turned out to be a useful thread, regardless of forum buying. I think a change of direction will be in order. There's a thread below which I'll answer and then state what the position is.
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  • Profile picture of the author qwikaddotcom
    I wouldn't take any forum under any circumstances.

    Would I take a corpse in hopes I can revive it? No.
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    • Profile picture of the author Oscar K
      Originally Posted by qwikaddotcom View Post

      I wouldn't take any forum under any circumstances.

      Would I take a corpse in hopes I can revive it? No.
      That is brilliant advice because it is opposite advice.


      Here is the situation:

      1. I don't really want a' science' forum.

      2. But an opportunity seemed to exist.

      3. I like refurbishing things.

      4. I was familiar with the forum.

      5. I also like a bargain.

      6. £650 might be a bargain for the forum.

      7. Advice was sought.

      8. Advice was first class.

      9. I have been provided with a great deal of pertinent information.

      10. Now I think that unless the owner gets back to me I won't pursue the matter any further - not 100% sure yet.

      11. If they do I may be tempted for personal reasons to hand over the offer price.

      12. But running costs will be a more vital consideration. It would be more of a hobby.

      13. I now think that buying a ready made domain suitable for purposes would be the best way to go if I go at all.

      14. That website would concentrate on non-mainstream free speech entertainment or suchlike. I'm thinking alt-tech in colour.

      15. The reasons behind such a website would be to provide alternatives to the current paradigm. Mainstream media/internet is becoming more mainstream and less accommodating to independent creators and content providers. What was formerly an open and democratic conglomeration of platforms is no longer that.

      16. Alternatives to the mainstream have been proliferating. More will. It's a bandwagon that needs jumping on. Has to be jumped on by some. Can be jumped on by the visionary.

      17. New paradigm is: YouTube bad/ BitChute good. Facebook bad/ Minds good. Twitter bad/ Parler good.

      18. This need a lot of thinking about.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by tagiscom

    Best to go to the owners profile on his forum and see if he has any blog links, etc.

    Will do.

    Ok, your mind will be very active then.

    Arr, invision does sell third party options, and does have images you can click on to go to each of their areas, (Invision members only forum uses that). The live feed is probably more of a YouTube, elite account, or that other company that does seminars?

    Gone through all of their options and didn't come across anything like that, but Invision themes, work like a dream with YT videos.

    This interests me.
    I hope so, or this is like flying a plane, the mod is the co-pilot, who has to learn about 30 things, and the admin is flying the plane and has to learn 1000 things.

    Agreed, unless you piss off the wrong members, and they go after you, then less so.

    But being an Admin, on that forum, well, enlightening on steroids is more accurate.

    Mmmm...
    From the reply you gave to someone else's remarks, sounds like you have had your fare share of deleted posts and threads, over the years. But when you are running a forum, you make the rules.

    No better feeling than posting something controversial, knowing it will still be there the next day.

    Phew not off hand, l have an account with Envato, and they allow or don't allow your work through, to sell, based on composition, tension of elements and color relationships to name a few, by some of the best graphic artists and illustrators in the industry.

    Composition for me usually means throwing the elements together in the best way I can. Colour has charts and a few basic concepts. Tension of elements therefore seems to be where I am lacking most. Maybe I should just look that up.

    Or they are tough, and you learn a lot, (just type in Envato, Graphics to get started, l can't really post my account link here).

    I will take a look. It sound like a challenge. And bound to learn something.
    It is a challenge, or most typically fail to get anything accepted for up to 10 times when starting out.

    I concentrated on Flyers, and did about 300 before ditching it, and tension means doing a design that is off sided, but looks balanced or works. My skills are pretty advanced now, and l can just do it, without thinking, so it is hard to explain.

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    • Profile picture of the author Oscar K
      Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

      It is a challenge, or most typically fail to get anything accepted for up to 10 times when starting out.

      That sounds like a very hard challenge but I prefer those kind anyway if there's some possible chance of accomplishing them. Otherwise not. I doubt I would have success but it might be a good way to improve.

      I concentrated on Flyers, and did about 300 before ditching it, and tension means doing a design that is off sided, but looks balanced or works. My skills are pretty advanced now, and l can just do it, without thinking, so it is hard to explain.

      300 flyers? Gulp.

      Can talent replace skills? Here - no, probably not from what I'm hearing. Hard work? No, because it will inevitably be the wrong kind of work. Luck? Now that's a more realistic way! If you scatter enough handfuls of Rice Krispies for a long enough period they may eventually spell out 'success'.

      Had to add this or the message was too short.

      Happy New Year!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    If you scatter enough handfuls of Rice Krispies for a long enough period they may eventually spell out 'success'.

    Or you may attract a very large flock of birds....
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    I wish offended people would react like fainting goats and quietly tip over.
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  • Profile picture of the author lachimba
    Originally Posted by Oscar K View Post

    It's almost dead with some hangers on. Long established. No ads. Do you think they would take £650 for it at a complete guess? I have no clue but that's what I want to pay.

    If I gave a crap about science. Otherwise, I'd buy and not do anything.
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    It totally depend on you so do whatever your heart says don't ask for suggestion
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