You may be wondering how the Beard Board got started and how it has evolved through time.
The Beard Board was founded in July, 2001 as a "ezboard" forum. The board evolved from a couple of earlier versions of forum-based web sites where guys could discuss any topic related to facial hair but are now defunct.
Jeff and Jim E, with perhaps some input from others, decided to include not only a General forum to discuss facial hair, but a "Help" forum, "Teen" forum, "Miscellaneous", "Chat", "Lifestyles" and "Link Exchange" to help facilitate more targeted discussions.
The board was later migrated to Yuku primarily because it could now support albums with photos. It was not long after that before we started to see an explosion in traffic making this board by far the most active forum-based beard-related board on the Internet.
Over time, the forums have evolved a bit. Around the beginning of 2013, we added a new forum called Beard Journey Discussion since we had a lot of guys posting progress threads in the General forum. It was becoming more and more difficult to find general beard-related topics in the sea of personal threads. We also tweaked the names of the other forums and removed non-beard related forums in order to keep this board focused, for the most part, on facial hair discussions.
So it sounds like we are done, right? Nope. Things continue to evolve. We found that as traffic has continued to increase, more and more new members are posting to the 'wrong' forum. While there may be varying reasons why, the net effect is the moderators need to move each of these threads to the proper forum. In 2014 we restructured again and have since added new Sections: General Organization, Starting and Establishing Any Style Beard, Established Beards, Beard Talk and Other.
The following tables show the evolution of forums from 2013 to 2014:
Beard Board Chat
Beard Journey Discussion
Facial Hair Help, Questions & First Beards
General Beard-related Topics
Events and Meetings
We have added new Sections: General Organization, Starting and Establishing Any Style Beard or Mustache, Established Beards or Mustaches, Beard Talk and Other.
[now in General Organization section] Announcements
[new in Starting and Establishing Any Style Beard section] Library Central of Beard Growing
[renamed and moved to in Starting and Establishing Any Style Beard section] Teens, under 20 years old
[new in Starting and Establishing Any Style Beard section] Men, age 20-25 years old
[new in Starting and Establishing Any Style Beard section] Men, age 26 and older
[removed and content moved to Starting and Establishing...section] Facial Hair Help, Questions & First Beards
[new in Established Beard section] Mustaches
[new in Established Beard section] Other Beard Styles
[new in Established Beard section] Short Beards, less than 4 inches or 10 cm
[new in Established Beard section] Long Beards, less than 4 inches or 10 cm
[removed and content moved to forums in Established Beard section] Beard Journey Discussion
[moved to Beard Talk section] Beard Board Chat
[new in Beard Talk section] Beard Product Discussion
[new in Beard Talk section] Beard Themes
[renamed and moved to Beard Talk section] Beard-related Topics (was General Beard Related topics and Bearded Lifestyles)
[moved to Beard Talk section] Events and Meetings
[moved to Beard Talk section] Polls
[moved to Other section] Link Exchange
[moved to Other section] Misc Stuff
[removed and merged into other fora] Other Beard Styles