I got these two responses for a search:
Straight Dope Message Board on Reddit
private r/sdmb a community for 3 years
closed. message us if you’re interested in taking over the sub or something.
search within r/sdmb
The Straight Dope
subscriberestricted r/StraightDope 19 subscribers, a community for 7 years
search within r/StraightDope
There doesn’t seem to be anything in the second one.
Ah, but for that, you have www.giraffeboards.com, your source for all the “THE DOPE IS DOWN” messages as well as fart jokes, and a mascot with an 18" long prehensile tongue.*
*Opalcat, and several others (Skipmagic(?)) used to offer their boards for a temporary haven for SDMB Down! messages, so I figure that this is ok. **
**The above asterisk is in the wrong place, now that I look at it. It should be after the Giraffeboard link, as it is, you probably followed the * to get more info about the 18" prehensile tongue. The joke is on YOU though. There is no more info. And I feel a little dirty discussing it with you.
it’s not dependent on the whims of the Chicago Reader (or whoever buys them)
it’s a pretty well documented process
don’t have to worry about hosting or server side stuff
if it takes off, it might attract more followers
if it takes off, it -will- attract more trolls
Reddit format is vastly different than vBulletin
will still need to worry about css formatting, maybe
it’s going to be way more work than you ever imagined
As the owner of the SDMB subreddit, you would be free to set the moderation standards however you want. Maintaining those moderation standards will require constant vigilance, since Reddit, in general, is more Deadwood than Downton.
Personally, I suspect the amount of board on board drama at Reddit would make this a bad idea.
“The Dope is down. I’m looking for my friends. Are they here?”
“The SDMB was bought out by the Moonies and they only allow posts praising Son Yong Moon nowdays. Does anyone have any more info???”
“I can’t connect to the SDMB–anyone else have the same problem?”
“Yeah–this is Ivory Tower Denizen. Idle Thoughts broke the entire SDMB while mashing buttons randomly (he almost broke the internet). We think we’ll be back up in a day or so.”
That depends on a few things, mainly to do with how easily noticeable the subreddit is. It’s possible to stop it appearing on r/all or r/popular, which can help to prevent trolling at the expense of visibility. If the purpose is solely as a backup, that might be a good approach.
Well, yeah. But that’s not the place I was talking about. Don’t get me wrong. You guys can snark behind our backs all you want. It’s definitely an improvement. And it is the only place you can let off steam about mods.
As for Facebook: it’s not a bad thing at all. But some of us don’t want to share our real names (or make a pseudonymous account). On Reddit, you can just create a new account with extreme ease–that’s actually considered a reason why it became so popular. There’s very little friction there.