it has been nearly 6 month since ning has gone beyond the paywall. We Hamburgers thought we'd be smart and buy the smallest ning plan to keep the domain we printed on our flyers. But really the restrictions smashed our balls. The 150 member restriction is a total pita and we're constantly struggeling to suspend inactive and approve new members. The loss of features is another bummer, we do not dare to delete widgets and boxes from our frontpage simply because its possible that we cannot get them back. So what to do now? Two options: 1. move to another social Network provider. We moved to Grou.ps and it went behind the paywall as well short after. Socialgo is another possibility, but its features suck. it is still an option though. 2. Build your own treehouse. In our case, we originally didn't want to do this, because it means responsibility and work. And admins tend to forget about thier plattforms and leave only spam infested dead ruins behind. So both options suck? Oh yes, you have to choose what sucks better for you. We went for Option 2. and so far it worked out well. We did choose mybb as our new cell board. you can find it here: http://www.anonamegame.com/forum Why mybb? - because it is easy to manage - it has a gazillion of useful plugins and themes - its easy enough that you can add custom code without beeing rocket scientist - Anonymous posting is easy implemented what you need: - webspace - mysql or postgres db access - brain 1. Use your google fuu to find free webspace with Mysql support, somthing like this: http://www.blackapplehost.com/ or this :http://www.free-webspace.org/free_mysql.php [EDIT] Optional get a free domain here: http://www.dot.tk http://www.nic.de.vu http://www.alpennic.com/ http://www.joynic.com/ http://www.cjb.net/ http://www.has.it/ [/EDIT] 2. Download mybb here: http://www.mybb.com/downloads 3. Create a database on your webspace control panel, and note Host, Database name, database user and password. 4. follow the installation instructions: http://wiki.mybb.com/index.php/Installing 5. get a theme: http://mods.mybb.com/themes or http://www.awesomestyles.com/mybb-themes 6. implement anonymous posting: http://community.mybb.com/thread-81207.html 7. add anonym.to referrer to all links: http://community.mybb.com/archive/index.php/thread-77366.html 8. get the overview plugin for latest threads and posts: http://mods.mybb.com/view/overview-mybb-1-6 enjoy your new board. here is ours as an example: http://anonamegame.com/forum If you don't want to go through all this for your city cell, you can ask us for a city board. just write a pm. but its not very decentralized then. To fully replace ning we're beta-testing the Buddypress wordpress mod. When we're good to go We'll post a tutorial as well.