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History of CougarBoard
In 1999, Ben Peterson
(brother of former BYU quarterback
) bought Ysite.com. There was a board called
CougarTalk that was part of that site at the time. Just before the deal closed, the previous owner of Ysite.com decided
to keep CougarTalk and make it a separate domain, so Ben did not receive that message board as part of the transfer. In
late 1999, Ben started BYUBoard.com (seen
as a link from Ysite.com).
In 2001, El Jefe
started working for Ben. He found out about this site
called byuboard.com that Ben was running on the side, and started posting. There was a big problem with trolls, especially
around the time of the Utah game, because you didn't have to even log in to post - you just said what your name was as
part of the posting process. In late 2001, El Jefe wrote a new version of the board and made it so you had to log in, and
also added the "ignore" feature.
El Jefe partnered with Total Blue Sports to buy the site from Ben on January 30, 2003. In October 2003, we stopped using
the domain byuboard.com after receiving a request from BYU to stop using the trademarked term "BYU" in our
name. El Jefe purchased Total Blue Sports' share of CougarBoard in May, 2005.
Since then, CougarBoard has gone from averaging a few hundred posts per day to a few thousand posts per day. We've added
other new features, like
, post of the day, a
site, friend groups,
user groups, dark mode, and many others.