The forums on MIA have existed since 2012 and were originally conceived as a way of providing a space for off-topic discussions. In recent months, we have been experiencing a spate of spam and malicious posts, which unfortunately are impacting other areas of Mad in America and interfering with our ability to provide blogs, news, interviews and so forth. In fact they have caused our site to crash repeatedly.
We have therefore taken the decision to cease the MIA forums, as they have become near impossible to manage as we would like to. This is not an easy decision for us, and we appreciate all the time and effort that forum users have put into the discussions over the years. We would like to encourage forum users to instead focus on commenting on our blogs and news stories or to make use of the MIA Facebook page for commenting (we recognise that not everyone wishes to use Facebook).
We will close the forum to new posts from today (March 8) and then the forums will be removed a week later on Friday March 15. Please use this time to save any messages or content from the forums that you wish to keep.
Update: March 15, 2019
Following feedback from forum users, we have decided to leave the forums intact for the time being. We need more time to be sure that the technical issues with the site have been resolved. The forums will remain closed to new replies while we do this, but the content will not be deleted. Thank you for bearing with us.