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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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    Fishing is boring. Unless you're trying to foul hook a whopper with a dirty big treble.

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  1. 'kin spoiler alert ya bam! Some of us are still waiting for the DVDs to come out...
  2. Further to Calmac's post - nobody has ever talked about the "night of the long knives"... When was it? 2003? The TAMB is dead, long live the TAMB. Basically before the "takeover" Mirza was running the whole show, but didn't have time to be admin and moderator, the place had gone totally lawless, trolls and multiple IDs were everywhere. Probably not a lot different to how the board is now in terms of admin and moderation. But back then the board was a lot more "vital", there was no social media - just message boards and email lists. A cabal of people who believed the TAMB needed preserved were head hunted to do a complete relaunch. To build a new board from scratch, decide what the new rules were going to be, how to manage registrations, how to moderate the board, the forum structure... (Exactly what is needed now to be honest). Weeks of work, and hundreds of emails, went into that. And I don't think its possible to overstate how controversial this was at the time, how it felt like the gun powder plot - or worse! You could write a PHD thesis on what happened! One day the TAMB was bumbling along like a frontier town with no sheriff, then bam! The board was locked down and a link was launched to a new board. Everyone had to re-register from scratch. Every new member was vetted prior to approval, and most controversial of all the new team was anonymous. As anyone with "change management" experience could probably have told you, this way of relaunching the board created more than a few "issues"... Certain groups/posters thought they "owned" the board, and were acting like they did. They seriously threw their toys out of the pram. "Who are you to steal OUR board?" The politics of the whole thing was an utter minefield - and a nightmare. Truth is, nobody "owned" the board. And the relaunch ensured it remained independent. For the first few years the admin/mod team paid all the running costs themselves - cos they believed that was a price worth paying to preserve the independence of the board. To ensure anyone could join, and the board wouldn't be beholden to anybody. So someone told me anyway...
  3. I take it when you're up at 50,000 feet in a plane and you look at the window at the curvature of the horizon its just the refractive qualities of the window? Probably deliberately manufactured out of lens shaped glass specifically to create the illusion of a curved earth... Bl**dy clever these satanists. Its funny though. If you're on a beach with a vast horizon you can actually see the curvature too. I know its not the edge because the oil rigs are further out...
  4. I've always said it. You were just blinded by your own interpretation of events.
  5. I only picked this name to try and be funny...
  6. I remember the old innocent days when some people believed a baby t-rex had been found in the jungle...
  7. Science is just our way of hiding Satan.
  8. Wasn't unusual in Lewis. There was a very strong tradition of naming children after previous generations to the point where it all got a bit silly. Girls called Kenina and Donalda and Ronaldina for instance, named after uncles or fathers or grandfathers called Kenneth, Donald and Rodderick. This usually happened when the hoped for sons never arrived and eventually girls had to be given the names. But apart from that my grandfather had two sisters called Effie and another two sisters called Margaret. Named after different Effies and Margarets of course.
  9. Didn't happen. Same as the missile that hit the pentagon.
  10. Na, I'm not buying that...
  11. How many have you hooked Scotty? This is hilarious!
  12. Not me. I'm a threat to the viability of our works pension scheme. I'm good for another 45 years at least. In fact I'm going to hold out for a telegram so I can send it back and tell whichever monarch we have (probably still Liz!!) to shove it...