Published on June 6th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


the end of the ikeahacker forums

i feel sad announcing this but i’ve decided to pull the plug on the ikeahacker forums. when i launched it, i didn’t know spam was a plague equal to locusts from biblical times.

i spent too much time everyday trying to swat every locust. then, i switched over to manual verification of new registrations. it stopped the spam but drove me nuts checking and verifying each email.

so as wonderful an idea as it was, the forums are not working out for me big time.

no worries, though, i won’t leave you without help. the top place to run to when you need ikea advice is i’ve joined them for a bit and seriously, they rock. quick response, great advice and really fun people. in case you’re wondering (as i was) they are not only into ikea kitchens. they also have a section on mods and all things ikea related.

another place you can post your questions is the forum at the ikeahacks group over at instructables. a lot of eyeballs at instructables, so the chances of you getting a good answer is high.

i’ll keep the ikeahacker forums open till June 15. then, all threads will be locked but everyone will still be able to view the threads, as they do have some great info.

thanks 546 of you who joined the forums. to the more active users – mike, narf, courtney_beth, anaximander, jmat, cinematique, blatt, footemps, petra, joha, mrsensitive, melissa, jrotem, tiago.j.costa – thanks for contributing your time postings and offering help.

if you’ve just joined only to read this post, my apologies.

i guess the last straw just fell on my back.

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

13 Responses to the end of the ikeahacker forums

  1. Jane says:

    fair enough mate- good luck!
    I love your ikea hack site- its one of my favourite pasttimes
    glad you’re keeping the website/blog.

  2. Jules says:

    guess quite a few people misunderstood my post here. i’m only closing the forums (if you look to the top right hand corner, you’ll see a tab to the forums).

    the ikeahacker website/blog as you see on this page will go on till i die or my love for ikea dies (whichever comes first).

  3. Anonymous says:

    Does this mean the website will basically be null and void? I was planning on writing something up about it for my job, but looks like I might have missed the boat.

  4. Terri says:

    nooooo, say it ain’t so.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Find a domain name and a cheap provider. I use that costs only 25 € / year for unlimited space + unlimited traffic (…just theory… but is a goos start point!) and 7€ every 50Mb of MySQL database space.
    Use a good publishing software that handle captcha and email feedback to verify user subscription.
    Wish you a good luck. Nothing is impossible ;)

  6. Jules says:

    aww… thanks everyone. i may revive it some day but i guess for now, i need a break.

    well, the IKEAHACKER BLOG is STILL HERE and you will still have your daily dose of hacks. :)

  7. Pink Granite says:

    Thanks for ALL the hard work!
    - Lee

  8. Susan Martin says:

    Jules – I’m sorry to hear the spammers have outdone you on the forums. It’s an insidious problem and one which unfortunately often requires far too many resources to battle.

    Hopefully your members who are looking for answers to IKEA issues will find IKEAFANS a second home. Thanks for the positive words and referrals! We love having new members and as you said, we’ve branched out into all areas of IKEA, so hopefully we can offer something to everyone.

    Still, we bow down to you as Queen of the Hacks. :) Keep up the good work!

    Susan Martin

  9. Jeremiah says:

    I haven’t personally tried it, but the bbPress forum software includes Akismet spam filtering.

  10. Nicholas says:

    I’ve really enjoyed you site and gotten much inspiration from it. I am sorry to see it close. Thanks for the fun though.

  11. Twig says:

    this is a shame. every once in a while i would look on to the forum and find something interesting.

  12. Courtney says:

    So sad to hear it. I’ve enjoyed checking your blog everyday. Thanks for the time and effort. Good luck with your future endeavors!

  13. fwolf says:

    oh man, thats sad :-(

    just when I was in the mood of getting it on with the mb, you close it down.

    maybe you’d give UseBB a try? its way better protected against spam and its usability is still unrivaled ;)

    cu, w0lf.

    ps: and yes, I’d help you happily to set it up / keep it running / do some hacks / bugfixing / whatever. ;)

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