Originally Posted by johnrock
As disappointing as it is to hear about possibly losing the Discussion Board, why not take a closer look at the Disc Golf Course Review site? Tim G. has posted there that he would entertain the idea of a pDGA only thread (or section). Even though the pDGA couldn't work out a way to use his course directory services, maybe the board over there would suffice for pDGA info and chatter.
Peter, I think this is an awful idea, and any casual internet user can find out for themselves why this is the case. Disc Golf Course Review forum posts are largely garbage. More precisely, a cluttered mixture of poorly informed but nevertheless strong opinions on a variety of topic, a huge dose of poking and ribbing between addicted regular users, armies of trolls aiming to derail threads and incite emotional responses, etc.. They have driven away all the knowledgeable and reasonable users to other forums. You can still find some nuggets at DGCR, which occasionally appear in some threads by magic, but you'll have to read dozens (if not hundreds) of pages of garbage first. The level of discussion is perhaps the lowest in the disc golf online universe.
Our club just set up a PhPBB forum. It was relatively painless, and it works great. I think PDGA should be able to manage something like this, and keep the operation in-house.
As for the larger internet issues, I'm not certain why PDGA is doing business with a firm that is chronically (perhaps fatally) unable to make any progress? I've worked (on and off, since 1994) in the website business, and I have to say that this is some of the worst performance I've ever seen.