When we launched Rails Forum in May 2006, Rails was just barely past 1.0. It was a fledgling framework with a head of steam, but not much widespread adoption. There weren't too many places to go for help outside of the official email lists -- even Stack Overflow was still two years away!
Once we opened the virtual doors to the forum, it was obvious immediately that it was filling a real need. An active community sprang up almost overnight, and grew to over 4,000 members and 24,000 posts in the first year. As Rails grew, so did the forum.
Unfortunately, we didn't do a very good job of maintaining that community and it has been overrun by spam in recent years. That's unacceptable and we apologize for letting it happen.
That's why today we're happy to announce that we're relaunching Rails Forum. We want the forum to get back to its roots. We want to be a useful resource that contributes positively to the Rails community again. We needed a clean slate. To that end, we've ported everything over to a more mature and secure software system, redesigned the site, and put in place a new moderation team.
Please pop in into the Introductions forum to say hello
We hope you'll join us and register for the new Rails Forum! Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have concerns or suggestions for serving you better.