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    School Specific Message Boards

    Kind of a random topic, but it's the off season and it's slow here, and this has bugged me for a while.

    Why the hell do fan bases use premium message boards like rivals, where they are required to pay?

    Schools like Montana, Montana State, UND, SDSU, NDSU, and many other FCS schools have quality message boards that are free. Why do so many FBS schools have fan bases that rely on message boards like rivals, where payment is required? And it seems like those message boards normally only have like 3-5 topics many of the time, like football, football recruiting, basketball, and off topic.

    This is especially confusing because CSNBBS has a legit platform with the potential for any school to have an active and FREE message board. I think JMU uses this platform.

    This bother anyone else? I can't think of a reason why it is so difficult to find a decent message boards for many FBS and P5 schools, that are free. You would think that a privatly owned website at a p5 school would get enough web traffic to be successful, especially since so many FCS schools do it, and do it better than Rivals and 247.

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    Re: School Specific Message Boards

    I've maintained an independent web site and message board for 23 years (ouch!) and there aren't many of us left.

    In many cases, the lure of click-throughs and banner ad revenues steered many of the formerly independent sites to Rivals, Scout, the second iteration of Rivals, 247 Sports, and SB Nation, but it left the sites to sign up fans on premium memberships to exist. I've never asked for a dime from the visitors to HoyaSaxa.com and the HoyaTalk boards and have no intention to do so, but others see such "affiliated" sites as a revenue producing operation.

    Others start their own business out of it. Tech Sideline.com (the former "Hokie Central") started about the same time I did and went into a JV with Virginia's TheSabre.com. They host a platform for six other sites.
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    Re: School Specific Message Boards

    Quote Originally Posted by DFW HOYA View Post
    I've maintained an independent web site and message board for 23 years (ouch!) and there aren't many of us left.

    In many cases, the lure of click-throughs and banner ad revenues steered many of the formerly independent sites to Rivals, Scout, the second iteration of Rivals, 247 Sports, and SB Nation, but it left the sites to sign up fans on premium memberships to exist. I've never asked for a dime from the visitors to HoyaSaxa.com and the HoyaTalk boards and have no intention to do so, but others see such "affiliated" sites as a revenue producing operation.

    Others start their own business out of it. Tech Sideline.com (the former "Hokie Central") started about the same time I did and went into a JV with Virginia's TheSabre.com. They host a platform for six other sites.
    Does traffic to the site cover all costs of hosting?

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    Re: School Specific Message Boards

    http://www.aggiesportstalk.com/

    Used to be on Yuku, now created through PlushForums

    Tight knit group, with regulars over the last 10 years, new people come on at the start of football season, new students, recent alumni, most come and go, some stay for a while.
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    Re: School Specific Message Boards

    JSU uses ProBoards.

    https://gojaxstate.boards.net
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    Re: School Specific Message Boards

    ACU uses ProBoards as well. It is maintained by a couple of great guys and we have a fairly active small group of regular fans/alum, parents and occaisional others who just like to use it to keep up, etc... I don't know if larger FBS schools just don't have the intimate communities that smaller schools do. Our fans do a great job of discussing pretty much all the sports ACU has and we can usually keep each other more informed through our board than the school's athletic website. We also offer other discussions as well; just like here.

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    Re: School Specific Message Boards

    Yale: http://yalefb.com/

    Columbia: culions.blogspot.com/

    Dartmouth: http://greenalertfootball.com/

    Dartmouth doesn't allow comments. But it's also the most comprehensive coverage by a wide margin. It charges for premium content (coverage of practices and games). Highly recommended if you want to follow Dartmouth and/or Ivy football.

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