Wednesday, April 1, 2009
DogsBite.org - Late last night we were alerted to the fact that PitBullForum.com shut down. The language on the home page cites "circumstances and liablilities," (incorrect spelling on their part) as well as other risk factors. In December of 2007, the Washington Post called the board out for intentionally skewing poll results designed for Loudoun County residents. "Pit Spamming," as we call it, is frequently practiced by pit bull forums and their members.
"Due to the economic crisis we have been forced to shut down Pit Bull Forum. The server costs are making it very difficult for us admins to afford. We have thought about accepting donations but unfortunately due to certain circumstances and liablilities with receiving donations there would be a great risk involved. We have also thought about letting our moderators acquire the forum but due to the recent events that have been happening within our community we feel that responsibility would just be to overwhelming for them and they are unwilling to take on that risk. We are terribly sorry for not giving you an early notice. We sincerely hope you understand."Related articles:
05/08/08: Loudoun County "No Adopt Out" Pit Bull Policy Being Challenged
01/04/08: Pit Bull Advocates Intimidate Web Authors and Hide the Truth
12/11/07: Online Pit Bull Forum Blamed for Skewing Survey Results
| 4/01/2009 7:13 PM |
The Game-Doggers think it's an April Fools joke (but they are not too bright over there). The conversation quickly degenerated into "bathroom" humor.
| 4/02/2009 12:56 AM |
If it's a joke, well, what a nice way to treat your members?! You need to be pretty pissed off at them to pull a stunt like this. Seems like a brutal power play to me, and as said above, "a slimy hit up for cash gifts."
| 4/02/2009 9:53 AM |
Couple of other forums reported that the admin wanted to give the mods a day off.
I am sure they are all tuckered out from defending their little wiggle butts. That's an exhausting job, requiring 24/7 diligence.
| 4/02/2009 11:26 AM |
I'm guessing its a ploy to get donations...but, seriously, we all know how many dog fighters and bybers are members of these pit forums. Pit bull breeding and fighting is associated with a whole host of criminal activity.
Who really knows what is going on? Are the owners/members under investigation for illegal activities? It seems like a really wierd and creepy joke to play on forum members, but this is the pit community we are talking about, so I can't be too surprised.
| 4/02/2009 3:16 PM |
I believe there were some puppy mill regulation hearings held in a couple of states on April 1.
I'm sure the AKC breeders involved with that site needed to go fight against puppy mill regulation for the AKC Puppy Mill Registration Division.