wheel - 1:41 am on Nov 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
I was owner of a forum that got hacked to the ground. Nothing remained. We started from scratch again immediately, ableit with a few bumps and jars and apologies to the membership. The site continued to flourish, we sold it for six figures and today it's still the largest forum in it's niche.
Sucks to be you big time right now and I expect you've got a difficult few months. But it's NOT a business wipeout, it's a setback. And probably far less of a setback than you think it is.
Get something up there for your visitors to start posting again - they're waiting. Even if it's only a temporary vb install. Figure a permanent fix out later. You've got the traffic and the posters...sucks to lose the old content but the traffic and the posters is the most important thing - that's the core of your business and you didn't lose that.