This much is certain: the forum is going nowhere as long as Adam Dicker is in charge, for obvious reasons. I think pretty much all of us can agree on that.
However, there’s something else a lot of people can agree on: DNForum used to be a decent place for domainers and in fact, it used to have a far better noise to quality ratio than NamePros back in the day.
I remember how a fairly long time ago, NamePros was considered the forum where beginners hang out, whereas DNForum was considered the place where deals got done.
Again, I’m talking about the relatively distant past, some of you who are new to domaining probably don’t know what I’m talking about.
But I for one do remember that a lot of heavy hitters used to do business on DNForum and since the forum went downhill, they did *not* move over to NamePros. I keep in touch with some of them on Skype, they’re definitely still buying/selling… just not on forums.
Unfortunately, DNF was neglected over the years and at this point, it’s pretty much a ghost town. Right now for example, it’s not even online, I think it’s been down for over a week.
Things move quickly on the Internet and I’m sure reviving DNForum would involve hard work.
At the same time, I do think the industry needs another good forum.
Perhaps if a very well-known domainer with a good platform takes over, the forum can be saved. Or maybe a group of 3-4-5 domainers can buy it, I don’t know.
What I do know is that it isn’t healthy for an industry such as ours to have just one forum. NamePros has been the main beneficiary of DNF’s decline and it’s pretty much in a monopoly position at this point. Not the ideal situation IMO: good for NamePros and those behind NamePros, not so good for the industry.
Who should take over? I have no idea.
I for one have absolutely no desire to run a forum but perhaps other domainers could make it happen. Just throwing the idea out there.
Is DNF worth a lot of money right now? Definitely not because again, it’s pretty much a ghost town over there atm. Could it be a good buy? I think that yes, it could be a good buy if you get it cheap enough.