I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to message boards! They can be incredibly helpful, or incredibly useless. When we first launched MJM Magic was back in 2004, we had a message board which was actually pretty popular. Hundreds of customers would use it daily, and it was very active.
Then, I can't remember what happened, but it got out of control. I think it was hacked by spammers or something, and it all went to hell. So we took it down and never had another forum for about 8 years or so. Last year, in 2011, we launched another message board. That also quickly got taken over by spammers, mostly automated bots that would create useless posts for Rx prescription medicine, etc.
So I took that board down as well. However, I always LIKED the idea of having a message board. Even if only a few people use it, the idea of having it there as a resource has always appealed to me. So now in 2012, I decided to launch it for a third time. This time, I hope to stay on top of software updates, and utilize as many tools as we can to eliminate spam bots from taking over.
We have a couple of great moderators, and I myself will try to administer things as time permits (remember, I also manage the MJM Magic store, so I'm usually pretty busy with packaging orders and bringing in new products for the website).
That being said, if you're reading this message, I welcome you to the new (and hopefully improved) MJM Magic Message Board. Stop by the New Members area to introduce yourself, and feel free to write posts, respond to topics, and have some fun! My goal is to have this be a resource for magic, and a place where we can all interact with each other.