Wayback Machine earliest snapshot is from 2012. It probably never was a proper forum.
Probably a newsgroup dump in support of some spam or ad fraud scheme.
My guess is that someone just wants this to rank in search engines to any degree and then boost some SEO juice off it.
I tried using old Usenet archives for a content site before and couldn't overcome Google's dupe penalty despite my own value-adds.
That said, enough of the early stuff in here mentions newsgroup that it was at least seeded from Usenet. By 2000, though, Usenet was essentially dead for actual communication use so I'm guessing the later stuff in here was done within a forum.
Might not have been this forum, though. It's on phpBB, which only goes back to 2000, and more tellingly, the domain was registered in 2012.
The groups I frequented were active through 2013 or so (and I didn't start posting on usenet until 1999).
> A typical programmer uses FORTRAN, COBOL, C or if they believe the hype, C++. Typical programmers don't use functional languages.
From quite a few posts I saw I gathered that a lot of people thought C++ was not going to gain any real adoption, and an OO C was stupid. Which, looking at it from today’s point of view is hilarious. Makes you wander what new thing we’ll all think is just a trend but will become ubiquitous in 20 years.
I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader why. :)
The trick was to scroll down all the way to the bottom to see them.
Opportunities seem so obvious in retrospect :)