On 18 Jul 2011 at 7:45pm Regular Fan wrote:
I see that the above Fans Forum has been closed down with immediate effect due the threat of legal action. Sounds a bit drastic to me. Does anyone know the story?
On 18 Jul 2011 at 8:07pm Frank wrote:
People having a problem with a forum that is all about writing your own opinions on a topic.
Seems the people in charge have gone power crazy and feel that can shut down the site whenever they feel like it.
If you can't accept someone elses opinions or views don't use forums.
Even if people are just writing to upset or get a reastion, most forums have the power to ban individuals not shut down a whole site.
On 18 Jul 2011 at 8:23pm Regular Fan wrote:
The majority of posts on there seem fairly tame. Perhaps someone is too sensitive. Shame if the closure is permanent as it is a valuable source of information and sometimes used by B.O.D to get messages across. Surely this wasn't just one person throwing his / her toys out of the pram?
On 18 Jul 2011 at 9:24pm Frank wrote:
It is run/moderated/controlled by one person.
So it would appear "toys out the pram"
On 18 Jul 2011 at 9:59pm Rookie wrote:
It seems the moderator is fed up with some of the anonymous posters that have recently joined and are just hell bent on spreading nasty rumours, false information and maliciousness. I think its just one or two people who dont like the new manager and hold a grudge.
On 18 Jul 2011 at 10:49pm giveitarest wrote:
It's an odd one right enough. I frequent another football forum which is essentially unmoderated and so foul-mouthed and abusive it makes 'The Thick of It' look like a convention of nuns. And yet no-one on there is particularly bothered by it.
Peculiarly, the Lewes FC forum appears to be used by people who actually know each other personally to have a dig. But then they all get very thin-skinned when they want to. They just need to get a room.
On 18 Jul 2011 at 11:34pm Rookie wrote:
Its a shame as it was one of the best non-league club forums around.
There is a possibility that it may reopen with a different moderator if the current moderator is willing to hand over the reins,
But if it doesnt then another one will be started by someone else.
On 19 Jul 2011 at 8:09am Regular Fan wrote:
As Frank says, is it not possible to just ban the individuals concerned? Then perhaps normal service can be resumed.
On 19 Jul 2011 at 8:28am Vesbod wrote:
If the moderator is able to identify the IP address of these individuals then it should be easy to block them, although a bit time consuming admin wise. What's worrrying is the amount of people who can't hold a conversation and/or express one's opinion without using expletives or a generally abusive tone to their messages - has the education system failed them ? were their parents not supportive ? all manner of reasosn I suppose.
On 19 Jul 2011 at 10:27am Ed Can Do wrote:
It depends what forum software he's using too. If he's on vBulletin or Proboards it's incredibly easy to find and ban IP addresses. Free stuff tends to have less functionality though.
On 19 Jul 2011 at 10:31am Rookie wrote:
New forum already up and running here:
Check it out here »
On 19 Jul 2011 at 12:54pm Evil spammer wrote:
Nothng to see here. Move on.
On 19 Jul 2011 at 7:18pm bazm wrote:
Giveitarest; not Luton Outlaws, Avenues of Evil by any chance? This is moderated and poss libelous posts removed but apart from that anything goes - and it can be very funny at times but best not read at work. It was also credited with assisting in removing the robbing crooks who left Luton in the non-league. It was nick-named Outlaws of Evil by the departing board!
Have signed up for the new Rooks forum.
On 19 Jul 2011 at 7:25pm Evil spammer 2 wrote:
On 19 Jul 2011 at 8:05pm Co-Ed wrote:
Most IP addresses are assigned dynamically and change if you disconnect from your ISP for more than a few minutes. Clear your cache and you're back on. Banning IPs is fairly useless.
On 20 Jul 2011 at 11:42am Ed Can Do wrote:
Whilst IPs can change dynamically, it's not all that common and most forum software allows you to ban ranges of IPs. I've been a moderator of a pretty big forum for ten years now and we've had a lot of success with IP banning over the years. We banned all of Nigeria for example to dramatically cut down on the number of spambots we had registering. Sure there are some people who will use dynamic IPs to get round it but most basic trolls won't be that bothered.