This is our website and discussion forums, tested on the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Camino. Critiques and opinions desired and accepted!TheCaffeineMachine.com
TheCaffeineMachine.com was primarily meant to be a general discussion forum, where our members could go and discuss anything and everything they wanted to (from news, politics, and sports to gaming and other entertainment media). The founders decided that a "true" discussion forum could not thrive unless it was fully democratic, uncensored, and ad-free. To these ends, all of our staff members are elected to terms by a general forum election process, and we have very lax rules (just enough to keep everything structured and running smoothly). We don't shy away from controversy and follow the golden rule that, if you can provide a good, intelligent explanation for your statements (and can subsequently take whatever praise or backlash ensues from them), then you can post it on TCM.
That forum has been up and running since Summer, 2007. While we don't have *that* many members as of now, we do have nearly 35,000 posts in a myriad of subjects.
Not long afterwards, some of our members began to wonder about launching a main site, a web portal, to go with the discussion forums. Because of this, we launched our website on January 1, 2008. The portal contains news feeds from around the world, along with feeds from sites that specialize on lighter content. We have writers posting articles, blogs, and news blurbs on a daily basis, most of it topical, informative, but irreverent (which fits us well, I guess).
For our forum, we currently run phpBb, though we will soon begin using vBulletin. Our main site runs on Joomla!, which has served us quite well.
The main focus now is on growing and nurturing the community. Again, your critiques are welcome.
Thanks in advance!