I know this thread is long dead, but hear me out on this one guys. I'm tired of poking around to see any remaining or unsettled stories about what
used to be iPBFree. If you choose to troll me, go for it - I don't care. But if you stay and listen, this unsolved mystery will finally be...well,
solved to say the least much.
My name is RXS (at least that's what my username was). I worked at iPBFree before legal actions were taken several years back. Now I wasn't an
Administrator like catfriedrice or Tom, but I worked with them from the very core til the passing of such a legendary site as the official design team
member. Working 4+ years really meant dedication to the site, and quite frankly...was my home. What iPBFree had in both performance and community
cannot be matched by any other (at least in my point of view), so it really kills me inside to look at such a fire pit and not clear out the ashes.
It's as if the ghost lurks around but does not leave because the mystery has to be cleared up.
I was lucky enough to learn about the affairs, and attempted (along with the crew) to avoid this legal course. Alas, it's quite difficult to resolve
such disputes and legal reasoning.
And if you ever wanted to view what the typical forum board we hosted looked like...
This was our basic home - the community forums. As you can see, I DO have involvement in this case (so before you criticize me for calling false
witness in this, do the research). Not only so, but we still manage our Facebook group with ALL ORIGINAL TEAM MEMBERS to this day to revive some
aspects of the late iPBFree in order to re-create such a website.
Now to sum things up, here is the true story of this bizarre case: the community site (separated by our hosted forums) were led under the supervision
of Vipul, catfriedrice, and Tom. A few underling staff members (including myself and those of non-administrator status) were very well aware of forums
that imported or distributed illegal content. Under our Terms of Service, we work very hard to deploy action and remove such sites. However, we hosted
over thousands (if not millions due to the simplicity of board generation), so the only way we could remove those forums were if we were notified by
other users or had personal experiences w/ them.
It was only inevitable that legal action would pursue, however, we attempted to claim that we had no such knowledge of every illegal board we hosted.
This statement is 100% correct, but the fact that those particular boards [might I add, a majority of those illegal forums were out of the United
States] were under our server led to our downfall. Now there is a secret between the government and iPBFree administration that even I cannot nor
would not release to the public due to legal conditions. It's like your best friend telling you a secret and if you break it, you break something more
than just a promise. But that is another story that is a tad irrelevant the the topic at hand. The fact of the matter is this: iPBFree was assailed
with illegal forums under our server that we had no capable knowledge of. Therefore, our inability to remove such boards instantly (and permanently)
proposed the tragic falling out of such a legendary forum hosting service.
I believe I speak for the rest of the staff when I apologize for the inconvenience that is bestowed upon not only us, but all our members utilizing
our services. I We are all very aware of the magnificent capabilities that our members had, and many of which had put hard work into, along with
financial sacrifices and consideration of time. What occurred to the service provider is indeed a unfortunate event that has scarred all of us
The long tale of the departed iPBFree lies in this very post. Should you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.
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