This is completely false. At no time does ProBoards ever claim to own your posts. You always retain the copyright on your own postings. The only thing we do is acquire a license from you (just like Facebook, Twitter, etc) so that we can display the content on the forum.From what I hear they like to argue that they own the post content for some reason.
Again, this is simply not true. Our Terms of Service states in plain English "You maintain full ownership of all your User Content posted to ProBoards."But yes, Proboards does say you can never own your forum content if its hosted with them and claims its stated in their terms of service.
Yes, you can do this. To request a copy of your data you go to www.proboards.com, login at the top, go to Account Settings > Export.If every person one by one asked proboards for their "own" content, would it then be possible to say we would reconstruct a forum legally somewhere else from this?
This is insulting, honestly. We provide a service at no cost to the Internet community - over 3.5 million forums have been created using ProBoards. To imply that we are somehow taking advantage of people is ridiculous. We are very up front about how our service works. We provide hosting, security, backups, forum software, free tech support, etc. For that service, we place advertisements on the forum (or you can pay to remove them).You know, now you say that, it does make me think it's taking advantage of new forum owners.
It reminds me of PublishAmerica and other vanity publishers in the book publishing world. Lure people in with no experience and the promise of free services, then basically lock their work into 'contracts' they can't escape from and generally foster a sort of cult like mentality.
Again, you can export your data as described above.