In October 2011 I launched a new discussion forum here at Exchange Server Pro. Since then the forums have seen almost 1,200 threads with just over 4,300 posts in total.
Today I am announcing the closure of the forums. While I am proud of the help that I and others were able to provide to the community in the forums, it has now reached a point where the effort can’t be sustained any further.
Edit: Just to clarify in case I wasn’t 100% clear, I’m only closing the discussion forums. The rest of the site will continue as normal with regular new articles 🙂
In short, I am having to spend 2-3x as many hours dealing with spam and other technical/administrative issues than I am able to spend on actually answering questions. As far as community contributions go this one has simply become too inefficient, which is why I have made the decision to close the forums and apply that time to writing articles, updating scripts, and other new activities yet to be announced.
A few more points:
- I have closed registration on the forums, so there can be no more new signups
- Existing members can still login and post threads and replies
- In about two weeks I will remove the permissions for posting threads and replies. This should be enough time for existing open threads to reach a conclusion.
If you’re looking for an another forum to post in I recommend the TechNet forums, which is where I will be spending some time answering questions when I can.
Thanks to everyone who supported the launch of the forums and made it a helpful place for the Exchange Server community.