For nine years Proboards gave free ad based hosting to the Chirotalk forum (chirotalk.proboards.com/) , the internet’s number one ranked discussion forum on the topic of chiropractic. The forum was special because it was skeptical and aimed a protecting students and patients from abuse at the hand of the chiropractic industry. On September 16, 2014 proboards deleted the entire forum, giving the administrators no chance to archive content. This resulted in the irreplaceable loss of thousands of pages of content. Proboards refused to give any reason for the deletion, citing section 25(a) of its Terms of Service which state: 25.
“WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT, PROBOARDS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO, IN PROBOARDS’ SOLE DISCRETION AND WITHOUT NOTICE OR LIABILITY, DENY USE OF THE WEBSITE AND/OR SERVICES TO ANY PERSON FOR ANY REASON OR FOR NO REASON AT ALL, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION FOR ANY BREACH OR SUSPECTED BREACH OF ANY REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY OR COVENANT CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT, OR OF ANY APPLICABLE LAW OR REGULATION.”
My attorney feels that the reason for the delection was that Proboards likely took a bribe from Affordable Management Consultants, a chiropractic practice management firm that was opposed to content on the board.
Not only was the board deleted, but a support thread mentioning the problem was censored to remove a link alerting people to the location of the new board. I was also banned from the site for complaining.
Clearly, deleting a discussion board without any advance notice and without allowing the administrators to respond to charges is gross misconduct by a business. Proboards is a terrible web host.