Wow! I didn't know The ALPB commanded such importance. Granted the organization has been around for 7 years and managed to accomplish some success stories in its endeavors but check this out.
The dirt bag company that sniped the domain name (TheALPB.com) has put it in their portfolio of domain names for sale. Asking price:
Just think, I could have given up on The ALPB and sold it for a good chunk of change. But, that's not what I'm about.
The ALPB was started with the goal of helping those individuals interested in license free, low power broadcasting. The end result being to build a group of these broadcasters who could successfully build, program and operate a radio station that people are looking for; Bringing Radio Back To The People.
Well, what's in a name. The intent of The ALPB is still alive and out there as TheALPB.usand still ready to offer help.
The father of The ALPB, Joe Martinez (now comfortably retired,) is coming back online with the organization. Together again, Joe and I will continue to keep it going.
MRAM 1500 Charter Member ALPB Previous Chairman ALPB
That is a rather large sum for the old name! I can see it though, it's like a prestigous address, and I think a couple of factors help, it's a .com, with a shorter 7-letter domain name, and that it had been in business for a long time and was well established. There are probably links to it from other sites, and it's indexed in all of the search engines.
People want to have the perfect domain name for their companies, and it means something, but I don't think it means all that much in actually getting people to find a site. Search finds it, and people will bookmark what they want to come back to.
I'm glad you're keeping the website, I can't think of other forums that have sites along with them. I realize the site came first, and the forum is like an addition that came later.
Good to hear the Joe is coming back. I don't know him, but if he was a founder, that's great!
I tried the link to the old ALPB site just now and it came up with uBlock Origin's warning page, which is my blocker, with HugeDomains having replaced the page.
Mark, Yahoo had groups for about 2 decades, there was a Part-15 group, AM radio group, AM stereo and other radio hobbyist forums there. I used to read them, and they were pretty good for a long time, but posting had been tapering off for a long time. Yahoo Groups was nice, but they didn't seem to innovate with the forums much or add new features. It might be a case of Yahoo, as a big company, wanting forums in their portfolio, but not being a forum type of company.
End 80, right, it's good to post something that other forum members can bounce off of and start a conversation. When most people stop by a forum, they read first to see what's going on and get the latest news. So, they start as readers and reply to something that interests them. That's why new, fresh postings are a good thing on forums.
I think there's room for some chit-chat on forums. You might not want to dump about your nasty divorce on a radio group, but some off-topic chat should be able to happen on most affinity forums, it gets members to know each other a little better, your lives outside of radio and programming.