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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
    • Admin4

      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. I'm been on this board since 2001. Lived in various locations, got married, now 2 kids etc. A proper grown up. It's a shame its going but I can see why people are not going on as much. It's become less welcoming and more insular. The 2 big schisms are the Referendum 2014 and the Rangers liquidation. Both events that really polarised opinion, created tribes and many people were unable to let go. It's turned into a clique where if you do not follow the party line then you are not part of the gang. Another theme would be the "Tartan Army" itself. It's turned into a parody of itself where people are more into the party and travel with limited care about the football stuck in the 1990's and very male, pale and stale. Look at the threads on here. Look at the crowds at the games, the obsession with English football, watching tv and not going to domestic club games. The Gibraltar 7000 celebrating mediocrity. If clubs can continue message boards but a national team can't then it is a worry for the interest in the team as a whole. We need a big kick up the arse. Stumbling onto the Ezzy board in 2001 I was in the States and a bit homesick. The banter I found top notch and it made me laugh a lot. Lots of different people on here including many I have had disagreements with have made my crack up. I hope he is well as is Mirza and others. "Highlights" for me would be The "new board". I just could not understand the obsession with the mods that some people were consumed by. I was equally baffled and fascinated by the massive noise it called. calmac man telling people to take it easy before the game v Italy in 2007. Cue loads of abuse from people who were uncomfortable looking at their own relationship with drink "don't tell me what to do" etc. Interesting snapshot of Scottish culture. <Am I the only one who hears Michael Jackson performing The Earth Song at The Brits in the 1990's when he posts?> khraigh and the first time I saw a crossover from virtual world to real world. Never has a poster talked such shite that was lapped up by people and then boom he is "dead". Cue a nephew on the board asking to give a bible to a person he has never met and we went full "Diana mode". I'm sitting there reading the nonsense thinking "wtf is it with people?". Then some investigation work, a parachute jump by a Hibs fan and the house of cards collapses. Genuinely fascinating, cringeworthy and hilarious. Balloch Thistle having his taxi drive away after being a pest on a night out, Reeky Sporran and "Mr Scotland", Rossy shitting it when finally challenged in the real world. Jimbers stories including the bus station girl. Lars from The Faroes. Buckfast Warrior talking mince 24/7. All these people who I have never met. Could be part of the matrix for all I know. The occasional moments of seriousness and care when people would talk about serious issues but on the other hand feeling very uncomfortable with the encouragement of pistonbroke by loads when he had serious issues. Lots of good travel tips. But the best. The ultimate. The unbeatable. Mani giving out free tickets in a chip shop story.
  2. Only in the Sauchiehall Street Blue Lagoon after the pub. Free chips but he drew the line at a supper.
  3. What wonderful "what if" scenarios. A charitable squirrel like person sharing the can with another versus a recovering alcoholic bowling a friend over with 1 can of beer. One whole can.
  4. Think the London tube bombing was black ops for news coverage.
  5. The support has been stuck in the late nineties. No new songs. Nothing about current or past players. Limited atmosphere from the "regular hardcore" group.
  6. Callum Paterson will be playing for Cardiff soon. Option at RB or RWB. Powerful. Scores goals. Monster throw in. Unfair on Tierney but he has a right foot.
  7. Helen Donnegan? Can you help? Light up the Bat Signal.
  8. Under 16's are free at Firhill for 5 years are so. Doesn't mean people are filling the ground. Free doesn't mean seats filled.
  9. It's a novelty playing at Murrayfield which has captured the imagination. Almost 10k away fans is amazing. Utterly brilliant and something to celebrate. Always thought we could have some season opener at Hampden like a double header with smaller teams in a real family day to attract fans to games. Clubs need to go hunting for fans. Appreciate it's different worlds but the ice hockey in USA play special outdoor games in stadiums which attract 80k+ in freezing temperatures. Rugby League has their Magic Weekend in Newcastle. Edinburgh v Glasgow get close to 30k at Murrayfield. Just throwing ideas around.
  10. Football fans are a strange breed be it club or national. For years there was a campaign for season tickets by ATAC supported by many fans. I think the season tickets are a good idea and makes sense financially. Now they are getting slagged. The ticket prices are battling against UEFA week of football and supply v demand depending on success on the park. The SFA need to make profits to fund youth coaching, street football, regional schools and fund all the unders and national teams. Div was on sportsound the other night and it was pretty clear the 1500 RT's was what he was after, not the real facts behind the prices.
  11. Does anyone know the profit margin of a pie? It seems 1000 extra pies will outweigh free tickets to all and sundry.
  12. We are the children of Adam Smith or maybe Sky Sports. A nation of couch football fans.
  13. Public sale now on. Get onboard.
  14. Decent game. We controlled it. Armstrong is a great player. Griffiths gets another goal. No suspensions. Another clean sheet. Atmosphere was decent for crowd size. We. Can Do. This. Lets do it.
  15. It was £4 for haggis tonight.