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SEO and Internet Marketing Forum launched

Around a year ago, I said that “I have plans for starting a webmaster community forum soon and when this becomes a reality I will be sure to announce it here”. Since that time, however, many attempts were made to start a webmasters forum but it was either abandoned half-way or lay dormant due to many pressing concerns at the time. Well, today I am pleased to announce that I finally found the impetus to start a SEO and Internet Marketing Forum under the VCTech Network brand name. The forum script and template are in place, and promotion for the forum is underway. Our target is to make it bigger and better than the trashy and dictatorial webmaster forums currently spread across the web….I rather not name them.

Anyway, do feel free to register at our SEO and Internet Marketing Forum, rest assured that unlike those dictatorship admins such as the wanted criminal Shawn “Cookie Stuffer” Hogan, the Islamophobe Will “Spins-ter” Spencer and that bitch Cricket “Whore” Walker. We do not ban people simply on suspicions of a “duplicate account”, or the most ridiculous reason of all: “for disrupting a forum”.

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List of 85 webmaster forums

Here is a list of 85 popular webmaster forums, along with their Alexa rank and specific niche (if any).

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I was scammed on Digital Point Forums

Yes, I was scammed on Digital Point Forums (DP) for the very first time in my life. At the moment, the case is still being reviewed by PayPal and the outcome has not been resolved yet. Anyway, this all began when I saw this thread advertising a vBulletin license for sale at the price of $75 — which is really very cheap — considering that the original price being sold by Jelsoft, the creators of vBulletin, is $180.

I sent a private message (PM) to the seller as soon as I saw that and I sent the payment almost immediately after confirmation. It did not occur to me to check his iTrader or posting history because he mentioned TriPHP Forums, which is a webmaster forum that I used to hang out and I assumed that he must have been the owner (now that I come to think of it, maybe he never really did owned TriPHP).

After the sale was confirmed, we exchanged PMs for a couple of minutes, and he asked me to which e-mail address he would like me to have the details sent to, as he prefers not to use PMs as a method of communication.

I replied asking the DP poster to send the details (even though I’d already stated that previously) to my e-mail, repeating the very same e-mail address that I already gave him earlier.

All the above happened on 3rd January 2009.

After this last PM, all communications between him and me went to an abrupt halt. I was wondering why was it taking so long for him to send me the details? I waited for at least another 24 hours before sending this next PM. This was sent on January 4th 2009.

I waited yet another 24 hours and seeing that he did not reply, I opened a PayPal dispute, hoping that this was all merely a mistake and he simply did not have time to check his PMs on DP. Note however, that I made a PayPal dispute, not a claim for the payment made. This explanation from PayPal should make it clear the difference between a dispute and a claim.

This was on 5th January 2009. The next day, I received a notification e-mail from PayPal stating that the seller escalated the case to a claim. I was stupefied when I realised what was happening.

In the dispute form, I have made all effort to be civil by requesting the seller to provide me with the vB license details or just refund the money if he is unable to do so. I was still hoping that this was just a mere miscommunication when I opened the dispute and the purpose of a dispute is to resolve any issues between the buyer and the seller, as stated earlier by the PayPal description above. However, as you can see below, the seller was the one who escalated the case to a claim and at the same time claims that I am lying and that I had received the “script” (actually license) but simply want to cheat him out of his money.

I really wanted this license and I thought maybe this guy really was honest, so I tried to clear any misunderstanding between us by sending a rather long PM explaining why I opened the dispute and requesting that he sent the vB license in return for a cancelling of the claim in PayPal, but all I got was a very rude reply.

This person has the cheek to say this after ignoring my PMs on DP for all this while! And he even gave me a -iTrader out of spite and try to cast blame upon me by claiming that I was the one who is trying to cheat him!

Excuse me, sir….who is the one actually paying here? I have nothing to gain if I were the one who is scamming this person. Like his -iTrader is going to do anything to me, since I already have 33 iTraders! Needless to mention, I gave him an iTrader that he truly deserved.

Anyway, I really hope that PayPal will decide the claim in my favour. All I want from the exposure of this debacle is for the truth to be clear from error and may God Almighty repay him with what he deserve for trying to cheat me for a pittance of a gain in the Hereafter.

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The decline of Digital Point Forums

There is really no doubt in my mind that Digital Point Forums is stagnating and experiencing a slow death. Thus I agree with the author of The decline of Digital Point that this forum, which was once a thriving and helpful community of webmasters, is just not what it used to be. The factors listed in the article linked to are valid, but to me the one single reason why Digital Point Forums will be going down the drain anytime soon is the attitude of their ban-happy moderators, who will give the most ridiculous reasons ever to ban someone. I especially dislike the turdhead called “CrazyRob” who has a serious attitude problem and he bans someone not because the person broke the rules but only if he doesn’t like them for some personal reason. That, to me, is being biased, because as an administrator of a forum you are not supposed to be judge, jury and executioner out of spite just because you hate someone’s face.

Read the article and tell me whether what was discussed is not true. If you are a DP member, you will know that this is the reality of the forum. I do have plans for starting a webmaster community forum soon and when this becomes a reality I will be sure to announce it here.