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      TAMB CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT   09/06/2017

      Following diminishing numbers of visitors to TAMB and the subsequent reduction in TAMB income, it is the intention for TAMB to close definitively from 1st November 2017. TAMB can no longer generate enough advertising revenue to cover the costs of around £300/month to pay for the dedicated server that hosts the TAMB software.  The dedicated server is also older equipment and no longer maintainable, so at some point it would be necessary to migrate the TAMB to a new cloud-based platform. This is quite a large job and would take some time to do. We feel it wouldn't be a worthwhile task given the reduction in traffic and usage of TAMB.  It is the opinion of the TAMB Team that the days of messageboards have largely gone, being overtaken by other platforms. Thank you to all users of the TAMB over the years, and we look forward to seeing you on some other online forums in the future. Since announcing the closure, a number of questions have been asked.

      This is not a "boot in the arse" to Board members to increase traffic.

      It’s worth pointing out to any people wanting to take on the TAMB that they will quickly outstrip any “free” message board system. That’s what happened with the pre-2003 TAMB and also happened during the “current TAMB” in 2003 – 2004. 
      It’s all about the number of concurrent users online. At a point yesterday there were about 150 users online – Invision would be charging $130 per month for that. (https://invisioncommunity.com/buy)

      We would be prepared to do a handover of the domain names that we currently hold to non-profit making group who seriously wants to organise a new TAMB and has the skills and numbers to do it. This would not include existing software or server. We are especially keen that the platform or the name do not fall into the hands of what we can only call bawbags. We need not mention names, but I'm sure members can think of a few. Any new group would have to start from scratch and give TAMB a complete bottom up ‘makeover’ and make themselves financially viable.   We have a couple of people who are willing to offer advice to any serious players. The TAMB Team
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      Further to the Closure Announcement   09/07/2017

      Since announcing the closure, a number of questions have been asked.

      This is not a "boot in the arse" to Board members to increase traffic.

      It’s worth pointing out to any people wanting to take on the TAMB that they will quickly outstrip any “free” message board system. That’s what happened with the pre-2003 TAMB and also happened during the “current TAMB” in 2003 – 2004. hence the "high" cost of keeping the Board going.
      It’s all about the number of concurrent users online. At a point yesterday there were about 150 users online – Invision would be charging $130 per month for that. (https://invisioncommunity.com/buy)

      We would be prepared to do a handover of the domain names that we currently hold to a non-profit making group which seriously wants to organise a new TAMB and has the skills and numbers to do it. This would not include existing software or server. We are especially keen that the platform or the name do not fall into the hands of what we can only call bawbags. We need not mention names, but I'm sure members can think of a few. Any new group would have to start from scratch and give TAMB a complete bottom up ‘makeover’ and make themselves financially viable. We have a couple of people who are willing to offer advice to any serious players. The TAMB Team

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  1. Thanks for reminding me - that was a classic: 'I'd swim through shark infested waters, crawl over broken glass, walk barefoot over hot coals, climb any mountain, fight off marauding hordes, brave wind, rain, sleet, hail and snow just to see my beloved Scotland play'. 2 weeks later: 'I've got you a ticket - you coming for the match then'? 'Naw - can't get the time off my work'
  2. Crikey - I pay one of my infrequent visits to the TAMB to find it's closing down and then get a compliment from one of my favourite TAMB posters. I think I've got something in my eye... Too many for me to mention them all but as well as yourself I usually enjoyed calmac man's posts, though often found myself in an argument with him. phart was always interesting (but ditto the arguments) and thplinth had a cracking turn of phrase. After I gave up drinking I strangely found myself involved in far fewer TAMB arguments though. Funny that... kernaghan was always worth reading and Reeky Sporran and John Graham of Claverhouse were both good guys on and off the board too. Cove Sheep was a big help to me a few years back off the board and he and parklife kept the place ticking over for a good while. Flat Earth and lamia too, both of whom I now see regularly along with Cove Sheep at running events...
  3. Another childhood hero gone - every now and then I tell my kids about the old days when TV was in black and white, you couldn't rewind or pause, you had to walk over to the TV to change channels and children's programmes were only on at specific times of the days. I suspect they think I'm having them on, especially when I mention how long we'd watch the test card for while waiting for Watch with Mother... The Trumpton trilogy was excellent and Play School and Play Away were top notch too.
  4. David Lammy MP has drawn a direct comparison with Summerland: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/15/crime-grenfell-tower-burning-homes-police-fire
  5. Every game I've attended v England we've lost by 2 goals. My head says the same this time; my heart says 1-0 Scotland though...
  6. The Smiths put Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want and also How Soon Is Now as joint B-sides to William It Was Really Nothing - crazy to think about that now given their status in the Smiths' 'canon' of songs.
  7. Watching Theresa May on QT just now: There's no magic money tree she says, in response to a question, suggesting that money itself is finite. What the feck have the Bank of England been doing with their quantitative easing then?
  8. Excellent interview with him covering his time with Aberdeen, Manchester Utd and also Scotland. What a player he was... http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/teams/aberdeen/interview-martin-buchan-on-scotland-and-that-day-at-largs-1-4403049
  9. Out of jail
  10. Fer fux ache Scott Brown...
  11. Always worth watching when it's from Wales just to hear someone say Aye-Ah-Land
  12. Fux ache - utterly dismal...
  13. A chancer on the 5Live phone in claimed to be a Yes voter who would vote No if there's another referendum because he doesn't like being asked the same thing twice... The next one claims that the SNP are a spent force Crazy stuff
  14. Matthew Parris has been decent so far - the audience seems to have been bussed in from the Jeremy Kyle show though