[Update 2/16/13: Sometime between then and now, it came back!]
This post is a follow-up to a comment from a regular reader, who had written in to say that he’d heard the site was closing at the end of May. In fact, it looks like the end date was the middle of June.
On a tangent, I know that that BBS was popular among the Japan-side expats as an online romper room. What I don’t know is why it decided to shut down. As you may know, there are several websites that have gotten religion, so to speak, about what they do in the community, or social network, of people focused on foreigner online dialogue in Japan. I have pointed out that certain individuals and sites seem to be no holds barred. F**ed Gaijin had a rep for that, but I didn’t really frequent it. I almost always avoid the BBS format. The trolling is even greater than with the people who screw with you, if you blog outside of social network microblogging (Facebook, etc.)
One thing is for sure, that someone must have had the goods on the people behind the site. You can be a slanderer in the shadows, I suppose. But when you set up a table and invite others to come in and attack people, it’s going to garner the attention of yet more others who you didn’t want looking. This is what I think happened. Maybe a reader knows more or better.