Yep, that's why I contacted Matt, just in case he feels he can take any action. If Matt doesn't feel it's worth pursuing, I'm happy just to drop the matter but it's just the entire injustice of it all !
Unfortunately I don't have any access to the site, they have closed off all accounts, including the admin ones because I had originally thought of basically un-installing everything but they have obviously second guessed that one - fact is though, I still hold the licenses for all the software they are using and I've already asked Matt for his suggestions on that one. From where I'm sitting, the licenses have expired so for me to change the URL attached to those licenses I would have to pay to renew them (not a prob) and then potentially report them for using an unlicensed copy of IPB?. Thing is, this guy is in India and it's likely not to be something IPB could pursue so I could really be wasting my time.
Actually, the never requested the transfer of IPB licenses, I have IPBoard, Content, Blog and Downloads, all of which are still being used on the site. As I am still the rightful owner does that mean I can withdraw my permission for them to use my licenses on their site now?. If so, can anyone suggest how to go about that and how I would then make Invision aware of the fact they are running unlicensed? Cheers Marko
Well, never saw that one coming. The domain transferred across to the new owner this morning and they released payment from escrow only to tell me they intend to simply pass on the site to some "hacker" in India to use as a fake facebook password site that generates income from surveys, etc. What a disappointment that was, 8 years hard work all flushed down the toilet in one fail swoop. Apparently the guy who bought the site was only in it "for a quick buck" and the guy he is selling the site onto wants established sites with good reps so he can masquerade his illicit ways!!. I've already managed to contact all our members and ask them to rate the site negatively in WOT and if anyone here fancies trying to get back at the spammers and scammers out there then now could be your chance by doing the same to the site I used to own and love. If you go to https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/freewarebb.com and rate the site negatively, it should cancel out the usefulness of the site to the guy in India. I know this was meant to be a "feedback" thread but we all stand something to loose if we allow these people to continue using the net for their drivel and illicit ways.
We installed the addon way before IPB were doing any SEO at all and the addon helped our site appear in the search engines because at the time friendly URL's and other SEO matters were buzzing. Once IPB started SEO, the developer of the mod basically abandoned the addon leaving everyone high and dry. At the time I didn't realise the developer of the addon was going to abandon us, they actually said they would make their mod compatible with the new version if memory serves me correctly and I had already made the move and by the time I realised things were very wrong we had overwritten the backups that would have taken us back to where we were. I blame myself too for the mess, because if I'd have known a little more about the subject I would have known to redirect the links properly but unfortunately hindsight is always a wonderful thing after the event!!
What I didn't know then was when all our URLs changed, we basically lost the majority of traffic from the search engines, purely because the URL they were storing didn't exist anymore. What we should have investigated was a way to let the search engines know that the old URL had moved to a new URL. Problem was we didn't know that, and even if we did we wouldn't know how to implement it, when someone eventually came up with a solution, the damage had been done. You need to figure how SMF was writing URLs and how IPB is now writing URLs and implement some kind of redirect but I'll be buggered if I could offer any technical advice!
Well, since 2007 I've been running freewarebb.com because I couldn't find a decent bloody download portal that would give me simple freeware without all the crap we see nowadays, whether it's bundled adware or installers with everything, so I set up my own forum and before long was using IPDownloads, Blogs, Content, etc, etc and our site was making a pretty decent dent in the world of downloads. As far as I am aware, FreewareBB is the only dedicated download site run entirely using IPB software!. Unfortunately, with a major release from IPB we lost all our URL's due to a third party hook becoming outdated and we never really recovered if I'm honest. I don't blame IPB, well, I suppose at the time I was quite upset and really needed someone to blame, but looking back I think the writing was on the wall for a lot of sites, probably mine included and it wasn't long after that major release that we saw a rapid decline in revenue. I've been on and off these forums since way back then and got to know some of you guys, dealt primarily with Brandon who is a particularly sound individual and helped me a lot and if there is one thing that has remained rock solid about IPB it's the staff and the people involved with the platform. Any ticket I ever opened was always dealt with professionally, and promptly and even when, technically, it wasn't really an IPB matter, they would always see to it that they gave the best advice so I could go back and tell my host. Well done to all you guys and a final farewell from me because the site is currently being transferred to a new owner who can hopefully breathe new life into it and devote the necessary time and energy into it that it needs and deserves. I'm not sure if FreewareBB will always be the only dedicated download site to run on IPB software, but I bet it will remain the best Thanks for the last 8 years guys, I've had fun using your software Mark