The 2018 state of the board discussion thread

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  1. oxrageous
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    Last year I started one of these, which had over 500 posts. I'd like to do one every year so people can give their 2 cents, so here we are again.

    This morning I got an email out of the blue from a former member. Here's what it said:

    It is a sad situation. Gator Chatter had a huge potential. You let (redacted) and a few others cost you a lot of money. It’s really sad.

    There's no question I struggle at times with how this board is structured and run. While I consider the GCMB a side business, it's a lot more than that to me - it's basically a passion that happens to make me a few extra bucks a year. I don't want to not contribute and collect money, I want to be actively involved on a daily basis.

    With my occasionally off-putting online personality, sometimes being actively involved may turn members or potential members away, costing me money. However, I can't help myself - ultimately this place isn't about money to me, that's just a bonus. I have to have a board that's MINE, not a sanitized one that would bring in the most people because it's the least offensive. This place is a continuation of the old GSMB, which was described as a "sports bar atmosphere", and I loved it. I've said it a million times: This board is not for everyone. People come and go all the time, and often I'm sad to see them leave, but I understand it.

    Saying all that, I'm open to ways this board can be improved without turning it into Swamp Gas. This is your opportunity to vent and get things off your chest. Basically, this is a Town Hall meeting.

    Discuss.
     
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      ....too late.
       
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          I like the board the way it is.
           
          • Bait'n Gator
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            I say fck whoever sent you that email.
             
            • MJMGator
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              Why redact the name? We all know who they’re talking bout...the rum infused pony. :lol:

              That said, I think the board is fine the way it is. It truly isn’t for everyone and no message will ever be that way. It’s the members that make the board, and not the other way around. It’s the off-season and we’ve had almost a decade of misery and despair surrounding our football program, so of course the overall tone will be a bit negative. Those that want rainbows and unicorns 24/7 need to find a Disney message board.
               
              • stephenPE
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                A sanitized (per) version of this board would NOT be this board. Don't change it. Most people dont realize we have lots of members that just read for whatever reason. Many probably dont want to be insulted or attacked like many are when they express an idea contrary to our many contrarians................. But that is what makes it fun. We can say what we want pretty much.
                Actually, this is what I am saying. Your input may chase a few away but they are probably just snowflakes anyway. This forum and the chat are a great combination of gator sports, commentary, links to good articles and debate. Throw in the politics and the human side and it is about as good as you could get it.
                You have done an outstanding job with this place. We may argue and disagree on world stuff but I cannot argue with the success and coolness of this forum.
                I JUST saw that email......(my age and ADD)...........the author doesnt know wtf he is talking about.
                This place is not boring..............that would be the worst thing it could become.........ALL ideas and opinions about our gators have a voice in here............some may be louder and angrier but they all can have their day in here.
                 
                • MidwestChomp
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                  FFS....what did Brad do now?

                  In reality there are 3 message boards. Swamp Gas, 24/7, and Gator chatter. GSMB doesn't count as that place is dead. 24/7 is ok, but you have to pay for the good info. Swamp gas is well....you know. So, that leaves GC, which many have said is the anti-Gator message board which is laughable.

                  What am I getting at? This is a great message board. Breaking news happens here, the chat box is awesome. Yeah some people may not like the constant banter, but I think it's a lot of fun and that is what a lot of people forget. Just have fun with it.
                   
                  • SeabeeGator
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                    The way the board is brought me in. I just skip anything that’s not interesting to me. Also like that threads generally stay on topic and get corrected back if it starts to drift away. That person’s email would’ve been a lot more helpful if it proposed a solution instead of whining about a member.
                     
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                      Every good plot needs a protagonist and an antagonist.

                      We have ours. Please don't change a thing.
                       
                      • bradgator2
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                        This is a hurful attack in the back.

                        And that’s why I love this place.
                         
                        • bradgator2
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                          You didnt hand out any likes in your birthday thread you dick.
                           
                          • Gator98MD
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                            A sad situation? someone needs some perspective. Its an online message board for pete's sake. Board is fine Ox. and to say it is negative is disingenious, mehh
                             
                            • MidwestChomp
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                              You will always be one of the most beloved posters Brad.
                               
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                                  By the way, the 2017 version of this thread is a fascinating read....I've been reading it for an hour now. A year ago things were a bit different because we were all mired in the Butters regime and there was absolutely no hope. At least we have a new staff now, which couldn't possibly be worse (although I said the same thing after Muschamp and was dead wrong).

                                  Here it is:

                                  http://gatorchatter.com/threads/the-2017-state-of-the-board-discussion-thread.14109/
                                   
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                                    We had a poster recently melt down and leave the board. Come to find out later he hated the fact I threatened members with bans - it really bothered him. It's difficult to believe he took me that seriously, but he did. You never know what's going to set people off.
                                     
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                                    Why do people that are so easily offended even come to a message board? Its as if they are there just waiting to be offended so they can ***** about the place. Screw them. While there are a few people who should save themselves trouble and just cut and paste the same thing they repeat in every thread and that gets pretty annoying, this is a good place. There are a lot of good articles and discussions and posters. People like BMF and 78 and Mari and several others that bring some real good info and insight. I don't have a lot to contribute but I do enjoy being here and bantering with the donk and others. Don't let the snowflakes drive the way the board is operated. By the way Ox, your my favorite poster...:grin:
                                     
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                                        I go by the name noble steed, now.

                                        Besides I thought we were talking about Rex or Omar.

                                        If they think the board is rough and tumble, Ox better put a snowflake warning on the afternoon chatbox.
                                        Ive seen people leave that fvkker bloody and missing appendages.
                                         
                                        #20 Swamp Donkey, May 15, 2018
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