Mine started out as a free one, it outgrew that in 2002.
Also, how can you say your forum outgrew
ProBoards in 2002. From what I see BC Forums only averages at most around 8 logged-in and a handful of bots at peak time, usually less and pretty dead. You trying to tell me ProBoards can't cope with 8 online users, surely not?
What you really mean is, you wanted more control over your forum and there's big difference in that. It has nothing to do with your forum "outgrowing" ProBoards really, you could still be running that forum of yours today on it no problem using their forum software. You have not outgrown anything in the sense of "activity
" your community gets daily. And as far as Bots go, Google for example will reduce the number it sends to your forum depending on it's running speed so they don't crash your server or cause serious slow site performance issues.
You're not thinking through what you say, you appear to be looking for any reason
possible to trash ProBoards down because I run one. After previously telling me your forum started life using XMB
"hosted yourself", now suddenly it started life using ProBoards free and outgrew it.