Announcing The Consumerist Message Boards

Consumerist just got a message board system. Check out

Now there’s a place for Consumerist readers to interact besides our comments. You can post your own stories, get help from other readers, swap stories, and generally have all sorts of message board fun times. Reader Jay put together the unofficial fan site and it seems to be generally a positive force in the universe.

Pop on over and get your Consumerist hive on. — BEN POPKEN


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  1. timmus says:

    Cool! But you’ve GOT to add some navigation links from here to there to help promote it.

  2. zolielo says:

    Gawker pass and login are not connected?

  3. meadowlarkb says:

    It says “0 views” and I’m the third commentator?

  4. Mooooo

  5. sethkinast says:

    Hmm… ProBoards? Not exactly the greatest system ever :P

    Have you considered trying something like InvisionFree ( ) if you’re going to go the free-hosting route?

  6. dbeahn says:

    Woo Hoo! A place we can all go to confuse the crap out of each other!

    What? Wait…

  7. coolyfooly88 says:


  8. chrismar says:

    My experience w/ proboards (and the like) has been less than stellar. As I said in my introductory post, I happen to have a spare vBulletin license that I’m not using at the moment. I’d be happy to contribute that, as well as a server to run it on to make it a little better.

  9. d0x says:

    “This Board Hosted For FREE By ProBoards
    Get Your Own Free Message Board!”

    Gah, I hate ProBoards. You guys should just buy a license to vBulletin or use a free open source php forum system and host it yourselves.

  10. eldergias says:

    The funny part is that when I signed up I noticed something anti-consumer in the TOS:

    “We at this forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any information we have about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any information posted by you.”

    Legal action, okay. But complaints? I talked the Jay, the guy who put up the boards (yay Jay!) and he said it was standard proboards agreement. He said he doesn’t plan on giving any info about anybody away, and they there isn’t much info he has anyhow. But I just thought that was funny.

  11. scoobydoo says:

    Its a great idea, but I really would prefer a Gawker owned/operated board with Vbulletin instead of a Proboard.

  12. EricaJoy says:

    Gah! I expected better than ProBoards from Consumerist. vBulletin licenses aren’t *that* expensive.

  13. d0x says:

    “Legal action, okay. But complaints? I talked the Jay, the guy who put up the boards (yay Jay!) and he said it was standard proboards agreement. He said he doesn’t plan on giving any info about anybody away, and they there isn’t much info he has anyhow. But I just thought that was funny.”

    Jay would have no control over that since the information would be gotten from the company that owns and runs proboard. Just another reason not to sign up.

  14. Xkeeper says:

    From what I can tell, this is a user-made forum (not made by our huggable Consumerist editors).

    I’m sure they’d set up better forums — the idea just never occured to them.

  15. Yup, good idea — but a better execution is in order. This site is FAR too good for “the Hotmail of forum software.”

  16. SirKeats says:

    i can’t even register! lol. keep getting the same message:

    “The following errors occurred while attempting to create your account:
    – It appears that you attempted to register for this forum using the wrong form. Please use the form below to register.
    – You did not enter the correct key.”

    This despite the fact that I entered the correct key like 5 times. Same message over and over.

    Oh well… it was a good idea anyway! I vote for the vbulletin, or phpBB even.

  17. chrismar says:

    Everyone should be aware of the administrator on these forums. I wouldn’t totally put it past him to use the information he collects against you.

    Case in point:

    When the forums first opened I created a topic stating that I had a vBulletin license that I was willing to offer to make the forums a bit better. I also sent a Private Message to the administrator (Jay) hoping to spark a partnership.

    He wasn’t interested, which is fine, that’s not what bothers me. What bothers me is he deleted my posts regarding my offer. What did I do? I called him out on it and told him I didn’t like being censored.

    Well apparently he took this personally, and locked the thread where I thought we were having a meaningful discussion. So, I opened a new thread with my response to his.

    I guess Jay didn’t like my retort again, so he not only deleted my posts, but also banned me from accessing the boards all together.

    Here’s my last comment on the board, you be the judge if you really want to be associated with the board, or the administrator.


    Actually, the thread is “Why Proboards?”, to which someone suggests vB.

    I’m not interested in starting some spat with you, since you appear to
    be bit combative when it comes to dealing with people whose opinions
    differ from yours.

    Besides, I don’t see how anything I’ve said is negative. I simply
    stated I was censored, to which you admit that I was. This all goes
    back to what I just said, you seem to get quite defensive when people
    disagree with your views.

    All I was trying to do was help make this place better. That’s all. I
    guess you thought I was trying to overthrow you, but that is not the
    case, especially since I offered you the license and hosting and the
    ability retain your “admin” privileges and run the resulting vB board.

    Relax. Everything’s ok. Breathe. It’s not the end of the world.

    When you finally decide my offer is legit, and it would be good for
    the community, then let me know, because my offer will still stand.


    Anyhow, be careful when joining these forums as it appears the administrator is a bit of a loose cannon!

    Sorry, Jay… you can’t censor or delete my account here!

  18. faust1200 says:

    @SirKeats: Sorry you are having trouble getting on the board. I haven’t heard of this type of trouble you describe. If you or anyone else would like to write me about registration problems please write to: then we can start on fixing problems. Cheers! Jay

  19. Anonymous says:

    I work as a parking attendant inside a booth for the Visitor parking garage at a university. The parking office is over the garage. I am a contract employee working for a parking company which has a contract with the university. Neither the parking office nor the parking company has trained me regarding handling difficult customers.
    Visitor parking is small. It only has 55 spaces. The parking office is responsible for reserving parking spots for guests arriving at the university for events. One spot to the entire garage can be reserved. According to the parking office, when the entire garage is reserved or when there are only enough spaces for the guests on the event list, I cannot let anyone else park. According to the parking office, guests here for events have to tell me what event they are here for. I cannot ask them which event they are here for. The only solution I can offer is alternative parking at the several parking lots near the campus. According to the university president, a sign stating reserved cannot be posted. My job is to inform the customers that the garage is reserved.
    I would like opinions regarding handling customers who are…
    • Obnoxious
    • Pushy
    • Frustrated
    • Rude
    As well as…
    • Customers who have attitudes
    • Customers who complain about not being able to park
    • Customers who whine about not being able to park
    • Customers who return after not finding alternative parking wanting to know why they cannot park, & sometimes telling me they need to park
    • Former alumni who donate to the university
    • Customers’ asking why is the garage reserved or which event the garage is reserved for
    o According to the parking office, I cannot give out the information because 1) the customer could say they are here for the event, & they are not (because they do not want to find alternative parking) & 2) if the customer is not attending the event, they cannot park & so there is no need for them to know why the garage is reserved or for which event the garage is reserved for