Why EvilChicken Failed

evilchickenIt began as a good idea, and a month later the ball was rolling. Max, Alec, Cameron, and I were going to collaborate on combining their majorly active sites into one large one. Several hundred thousands of visits a month was the plan, and we actually reached those numbers it in the month of  May. This would be a big venture for all of us, but soon things went sour and 3 months later the site was announced to be closing until further notice. Why, you ask?…

If you’re not aware of what EvilChicken is, you should go ahead and skip this entry. Things are going to get in-depth and it’ll be hard to understand at points if you weren’t there from the beginning.

Before I go on, I’d just like to preface this by saying that I’m not trying to shift any blame around, but instead outline the shortcomings and faults that led to the site’s demise. This should also serve as good reference material for anyone that wishes to start a large, community oriented site.

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Forum Downtime

Why is the forum down? It’s down because I accidentally deleted the directory that the forum database was in… A forum database is where all the information for the forum is stored. Posts, settings, etc. What’s worse is that I didn’t have a backup of the database (because it was a SQLite database), and the forum was in-operable.

What I’m doing now is setting up the forum up again, but taking advantage of this time to use a MySQL database this time, which is more efficient. I am also taking the time to improve the forum and fine-tune some things.