Something has gone out of message boards, as a general rule, and I miss it. There is no longer that free-wheeling sense of creativity there once was, bounded only by your imagination and what the board itself would tolerate.
I cannot fathom any board out there now allowing the freedom to "spin" that we once had at places like Excite, or the old Speakeasy, Fresh Press, or even Multiverse in all its strange incarnations.
There are message boards, to be sure, but they are specific; writing, talking about writing, tractors, skate boarding, politics, etc etc. The freedom to get down and stream-of-conciousness creative seems to have disappeared. That may be why I have such a difficult time sticking with any one board, these days, there's simply no room to haul in the bean bag chairs and the new bar stools.