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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. A bit OT but have to share this story I was told tonight by an SNP activist from Greenock. On General Election night a few months ago they were half way through counting the votes and it looked like Labour were going to win Inverclyde. Their candidate was Martin McLuskey an odious and arrogant wee pwick rated as a "rising star" by the New Labour holdouts and one who hates the SNP with a passion. Look him up on twitter he is a cant a half. Anyway, he and his crew from "the party of the working man" were dishing out all sorts of stick towards the SNP's Ronnie Cowan and his team, telling them to enjoy a trip to the jobcentre and all that. McLuskey and his media guy started briefing the local and national media that they had won Inverclyde for Labour. Just as they were triumphantly making phone calls and texts announcing a Labour victory, others noticed that the fresh piles of SNP votes on the tables were starting to stack up quickly whilst only a few more were added to the Labour piles. A few hours later it was declared that Ronnie Cowan had won the seat by 384 votes. McLuskey was white as a sheet, whether from fury or embarrassment is up to you to decide.
  2. Grand old disease to catch. Hell, this place is sinking and the lifeboats have all left. So what else have we got to do. At least i'll have more time to wash my hair with eggs. Yeah.
  3. I've never had the extended period of time available for study of it. Though it is an ambition one day. And as I said, one doesn't have to speak the language to appreciate the greatness of it. The "it's a daft, deid wee language" or "it's a foreign to me" band of idiots who ridicule the culture and actively encouraged it's decline can go and catch typhoid.
  4. Now he's all wound up.
  5. Oh great, the classic doesn't have an argument so resorts to pointing out sspeling and punktuation mishtakes. Lol you "know all" about Gàidhlig, aye sure ye do pal. As I said you don't need to be a fluent speaker to appreciate the glory of a language. A lot of people on the TAMB love their Gàidhlig music but don't speak the language. How is that hard for you to understand ?
  6. It's a cornerstone of your countries culture and heritage. You need to educate yourself a bit.
  7. Just pointing out the rather sad hypocrisy of the so-called left in Britain. A classic example being your fat, loud mouth, thicko Labour councillor in Glasgow or Lanarkshire (past and present) who dearly loves his Palestine, Irish and Tibet solidarity events but fervently opposes Scottish independence and enjoys ridiculing Scottish history, heritage and culture. Independence for Kurdistan is the one cause that seems to have divided them.
  8. An Anti-Gàidhlig calling someone else intolerant
  9. It's the principle I'm getting at. One rule for some .......
  10. Just out of interest is Stevie May 100% match fit ? If it were up to me I think I'd have him in the squad for the double header.
  11. It's your sneering attitude to an integral part of our culture and heritage I'm getting at. You should educate yourself about the efforts made years ago to eradicate Gàidhlig completely. Kids were getting belted at school as late as the 1960s if they were being caught speaking it. Or how many of your local palcenames, even in the Lowlands, are derived from Gàidhlig. It's one single little word I'm asking for people to learn and chant, I'm not asking for them to learn a ballad or waulking song.
  12. One example of what is wrong with modern Scotland right there.
  13. Curious that Corbyn, McDonnell and the assorted British left are very quiet about this. Freedom for Palestine, Ireland, Tibet, Tamil Eelam, East Timor gets the thumbs up But freedom for Catalonia, Scotland, Euskadi and Wales - no fawking way ! Sad.
  14. Here's one highly appropriate to supporting the Scotland national team since the turn of the century. Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time"
  15. Well I don't speak Gàidhlig (much to my shame), but it doesn't stop one appreciating the sheer power and haunting beauty of the language however. One simple word (Scotland - Alba) would not be hard for people to learn. I don't speak Cymraeg either but I like listening to Dafydd Iwan's songs.