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Barcabhoy says: January 31, 2015 at 8:52 pm When a post is …

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Barcabhoy says:
January 31, 2015 at 8:52 pm

When a post is deleted…the result is that a poster is reluctant to devote the time and effort to engage in future.


This feels true, although it’s the not knowing why something has been deleted, as opposed to the deletion itself, which may cause a sense of unease. I’ve opted to restrict myself to sending PM’s to fellow posters, rather than rattle the heads of the poor moderators with what would necessarily be a lopsided sense of grievance. I don’t like having stuff deleted – who does? – so prefer not to take the chance any more. (If we’re at a genuine loss as to what we’ve done wrong, after all, it seems likely we may repeat the same mistakes. Why risk the shame of a banning?)

But now that I’m here…

1. How does one italicise words on this site? The use of BIG letters for emphasis makes us all seem a bit special – and not in a good way.

2. In the absence of a permanently visible glossary, is it possible to implement a rule whereby posters are forced (at gunpoint, maybe?) to refer to people, at least in the first instance, by their correct names? Example: “CG gently rubbed CW’s thighs as Fluff & Yelps massaged the figures…”

As someone who was lucky (and flukey) enough to stumble across the Rangers Tax Case website from close to the beginning, I’m going to have little trouble identifying Charles Green, Craig Whyte and Duff & Phelps from the above sentence. But what of our children or those who are new to these things or any interested party in the future? Just imagine landing on that (made-up) sentence as your introduction to the blog and trying to make sense of it. Could you? I feel it marginalises the work done here and makes it less digestible and relevant if posters talk to one another in a clubby, code-heavy or seemingly cryptic manner.

If I had to guess, I’d imagine the moderators may feel the same way. To that end, I’d be delighted to see words like “Darkside” (and all pejorative and/or cosy descriptors) eliminated – with due acknowledgement to the valid concerns of Ecobhoy and the jarring impairment of free speech. But I can’t think I’ve ever once referred to Rangers fans as anything other than “Rangers fans” or Celtic fans as anything other than “Celtic fans” – and these are people whose clubs I want taken out of the Scottish game altogether. It’s not hard. (I should just say that nowadays I’d say “goodbye and good riddance” to Rangers and “goodbye, good riddance and good luck” to Celtic.)

3. It’s interesting to see the blog (TSFM) defend itself against accusations of Celtic bias. I don’t feel the moderators are the main problem here; rather the posters. Sometimes we are so used to our own bias that we simply don’t see it any more. Here’s a tiny example from the other day when a poster called James Forrest (a random selection, he is not alone and by no means the worst offender) left a short message (with a link to his own blog): “They might not be Rangers … but for a multitude of reasons I want us to beat them as if they were.”

It’s the use of the word “us” that gets me. To whom is this comment addressed? Better, surely, to say “I want Celtic to beat them” and ditch the appearance of fan-site mentality. This was merely a lapse, we must assume, and hardly a crime, but it niggles that nobody appeared to find it carelessly Celtic-centric. It suggests a certain blindness to assumptions and bias that this site frequently insists it seeks to eradicate. (And quite right, too.)

It’s so small it seems petty, I know this, but it reminds me of sitting in Edinburgh (all those years ago) and watching a BBC weather report where a London chappy pointed to the Newcastle area and said it would be raining up here in the north. The north? That’s the f***ing south, buddy. These tiny wee niggles have a habit of stewing away in the background as the transgressors carry on, oblivious.

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The Vice Closes
The Dam is leaking.


Well done and thank you to those Hibernian fans. More of this, please.
At a guess, they will feel just as sorely let down, marginalised and dismissed by Rod Petrie as the seeming majority of Aberdeen fans (online) seem to feel about Stewart Milne and his latest mouth-disasters.
Petrie and Milne have at least shown their colours (blue all the way, it seems), and may be judged accordingly. And it now becomes possible to judge both men as being part of the problem, not part of the solution.

In asking us to look away from those years of manifest cheating, they simply disgrace  themselves. 
This may be fondly forgiving self-delusion, nothing more, but it seems impossible to imagine that Aberdeen’s former vice-chairman, Chris Anderson, would have debased himself or his club this way.

The Vice Closes
Of course people will accuse anyone who is a Celtic fan, or an Aberdeen fan, or a Dundee United fan (clubs whose rivalry with Rangers is keenest) of partisanship in this affair. That is mere deflection and bears no scrutiny whatsoever.” (Big Pink)
Trying to discredit an argument based on the football team of the complainant is an abundantly dishonourable thing to do. And trying to reduce this epic scandal to a tiff between excitable fans is both shameful and maddening.
Forgive me for quoting myself, a disgusting habit, but…
On the 13th July, 2012 (we were so young), I splurged the following in the comment section of an Alex Thompson (Channel 4) article (please excuse the length, have tried to shorten it slightly):
Thank you for taking a professional interest in the governance of Scottish football and for helping to somewhat alleviate the sense of powerlessness the gobsmacked fans may feel in the face of (football) administrators who give every impression of being corrupt – or seriously conflicted – and a national press that seems incapable or unwilling to trouble itself with facts, investigative toil or the most basic levels of morality.
I’m not sure it’s possible to articulate how shocking and depressing it is to see members of the Scottish press (and certain elements of the footballing fraternity) openly sneer at the concept of integrity (as professed and longed for by a seemingly overwhelming majority of fans).  
They actively disdain the desire to see the rules implemented fairly, as if the very notion itself is contemptible – borne of nothing more than a bitterly vengeful desire to see a particular football club (Rangers) punished and humiliated. 
And yet if this were my own club, Aberdeen, I would feel exactly the same. In fact, I should probably feel even greater intransigence, as the betrayal would feel more personal, more acutely close to home.
We are asked, in a sneeringly dismissive manner, “Ah, but would you still like to see “Rangers” kicked out of the game if it meant the financial demise of your own club?” 
The answer to this, of course, is Yes, emphatically so, for how could I ever support a team that depended on ethically distressed cheats to stay afloat? 
Why can they not see this? Why can they not fathom that our moral disgust is soul-deep and real?
…In the course of your investigations you shine an uncomfortable light on aspects of Scottish society (and modern day western societies at large) that fairly sicken the soul.  
This microcosm of the terrible (global) greeds that seem to propel people towards stark immorality and the self-serving and faintly – okay, often overtly – psychopathic lack of empathy they display in pursuing their goals may begin to feel like a rampaging cancer in our collective midst.
This disease might be incurable, unfortunately, although your journalistic morphine may occasionally ease our pain.  Thank you.
So there we are.
Yes, I know, it’s all a bit wordy and very probably a bit too w*nky for some, sorry. But nothing’s really changed. 
This is barely about Rangers or football, if it ever was to begin with. It’s about cheating, corruption and greed (amongst many other things).
And if someone comes out against cheating, corruption and greed, how can we ever care what football team they support? It bears no relevance to the matters at hand.
Keep up the good work, people.  (And Hello to AllyJambo. Just because.)
Oh, there’s more, sorry. Not directly connected to the above, but:
I’ve always wanted Scottish teams to do well in Europe. 

In various arguments/discussion I’ve had on an Aberdeen forum, this view has never been popular, especially whilst I’m wishing Celtic well. It’s not that I’d ever watch any game not involving Aberdeen, just that I want all Scottish teams to succeed in Europe. 
These same well-wishes always applied to Rangers, as well, before they died. 
I was once asked (paraphrasing), “But would you even support Rangers in Europe now, after all that’s happened?” 
As I didn’t really know the answer to this question (going against a Scottish team in Europe is simply not the way I’ve been brought up), I said I’d just have to wait and see how I felt if and when it happened.
Well, I found out how I felt when the Progrès Niederkorn score flashed across the screen of my telly. I laughed. I mean, really, really, laughed. It felt delightful, like a release of pressure.
It’s just that in their present incarnation, I see this club not so much as a Scottish team, more a vessel of unrepentant cheats.
WATP: With Abundant Thanks, Progrès
(Apologies to all decent Rangers fans looking in.)

Two wrongs and a right
Big Pink:
The problem for a weegie moderating an AFC forum posting is simply one of language
I inferred the meaning of the word ‘jiggy’ – subsequently it appears correctly. However we are a family forum, so less with the jiggy.
Google was my friend for some other definitions – which creative and colourful as they may have been, had to be left on the cutting room floor
Sorry, I didn’t see your comment until I’d posted my second comment (above).  There will be no more Jiggy.
For what it’s worth, in my own editing and selection of the comments (applied before submitting them here), it was the language (and personalised abuse) towards Stewart Milne that proved more problematic than anything else. Industrial.

Two wrongs and a right
ElCapitano2013: 8th December 2015 3:22 pm:

The comments on that AFC forum are brilliant….from farmyard animals to the Yorkshire Ripper in a few lines. 
Although, I am slightly concerned about the person who referred to thinking about getting jiggy with the farmyard animals….not the first comparsion that would automatically spring to mind. Given the forum, was he, perchance, thinking about a certain type of woolly farmyard animal? 
I’ll get ma sheepskin…

Glad you liked them, ElCapitano, I enjoyed reading them, too.
Regrettably, I had already responded on the Aberdeen forum to the comment you mention before reading your take on things here.  And so, to recap and clarify, the exchange on the Aberdeen forum now reads:

InversneckieDob: That’s like wanting to get jiggy with farmyard animals. A distasteful thought, but if, for some bizarre reason, you think it, you sure as f*ck dinna say it out loud.
Amazingless: I lose count of the dates I ruined by failing to remember this simple truth.
I hope this helps clear matters up and gives you some insight into the righteous calibre of the human beings over there. (All further enquires should be directed to the police.)

Two wrongs and a right
Rangers fans: In the following comments taken from an Aberdeen fan site, I’ve edited out the most colourful references to your club, but you may still find some of it too partisan; not suited to these pages – which is fair enough. Fan sites are rarely impartial.

Moderators: I hope it passes the test. The swear words retained feel valid; an authentic form of emphasis.  A couple of borderline analogies may make you twitch momentarily, however.

Not entirely, but I took some references out and passed it fit and proper 🙂

Everyone: here is a selection of comments from the Aberdeen fan forum I darken. An imperfect survey, but surely enough to give pause for those who insist there is no appetite – except from a few meddlesome, bitter Celtic fans – for justice and change. To date, the disappointment and or revulsion at Stewart Milne’s comments has been unanimous, as evidenced below:

“Disgusted with the club for this.”

“…our chairman…speaks only for his own narrow minded, backward thinking self.
 Thank god for the Sir Turnbull Hutton’s of this world. RIP min, I wish you had been ours.”

“Does anyone agree with him or know anyone that does?”

“Well Stewarty, I for one would prefer teams that didn’t cheat and avoid paying taxes in the top league than so called “Top sides”.
 All Stewarty can see is the pound signs. What a sad but predictable statement by our chairman.”

“It’s hugely embarrassing what Milne has said, and I for one feel that he can’t continue in his role anymore…to come away with a statement like that shows how clearly detached from our support (and every other clubs support) he is. I think as a fanbase, we need a voice through which we can express how much we disagree with his statement. We need to put pressure on him to resign.
His comments are fully unacceptable.”

“To say I am disappointed is an understatement, giving the line of time to move on and start to build the game…Rubbish, this can only be done if we are rid of cheats…Massive own goal from Milne.”

“Perhaps someone should remind Mr Milne that in all the years that Rangers cheated, we didn’t benefit from it. There was no competition because the Glasgow 2 were wrapping up everything, while one blatantly gained advantage by cheating.
The statement is embarrassing and of the same mind-set as Doncaster and Regan… and that alone is a worry.”

 “…the modern Scottish football fan is relishing the game at the moment, with different winners of the Scottish cup, the smaller scale clubs getting stronger and stronger plus of course a resurgent Aberdeen.
 Fans…don’t care about them any more, and they certainly don’t care about us when they talk about leaving the spfl at every opportunity. It’s not the supporters who need to move on, Mr Milne, it is you and your narrow view of how Scottish football used to be and where it is now; supporters adapt, clubs adapt and in many cases they are in better shape than they have been in years. Please stay as chairman, but by god man you need to listen to the punters.”

“Does he think the passage of time has made us forget and forgive? Time you had a reality check Stuarty my lad or you are going to have the people who are really important to the club on your back, you know, the ones who pay their cash…”

“I have never been so angry and disappointed at someone connected to my club…Stewart Milne, I have been involved with the Dons a lot longer than you and you do not talk for me. Scottish football was cheated. I was cheated. Every single fan at all clubs were cheated. How dare you tell me to move on.”

“Wanting the Govan [] in the top league because they bring in some money is like wanting the Yorkshire Ripper released because he’s handy with a hammer, and your new Ikea coffin needs nailed together. WTF was Milne thinking?”

“Yet another spectacular PR own goal from [Milne]. 
WTF was he thinking?

“The time to move on will be when Rangers fc are held to account and made to pay for all their cheating and not before. Distasteful though it may be, proper, though reluctant acceptance of the newco in our midst will come only after the trophies illegally gained by the oldco through cheating are removed from the Record books.
Having said that, I would prefer them to disappear completely.”

“Dear Mr Milne, you do not speak for the majority of Aberdeen fans, who respect and demand an honest and transparent sport. And you certainly don’t speak for me. Please leave.”

“In competitive sport, to some extent your rivals can only prosper at your expense. If you let your rivals prosper at your expense by bullying and cheating because you fear the loss of income if you don’t, it’s no longer sport. If you do so in the teeth of the anger and contempt of the fans whose interests you are there to represent, you are not fit for purpose.”

“Forget sportsmanship, integrity and competitiveness, it’s big gates and TV that he clearly operates on and it is very worrying to see how out of touch he is with not only the fans, but the reality of the situation. Having the same mindset as Regan and Doncaster is only going to be detrimental to the future of the club. It sounds like I’m being extreme, but how can the club move in the direction the fans long desire it to, when our own chairman shares the view that the progress and changes we desire, aren’t the way forward, but rather a return to the fake good old days is the future? I have NO desire and I mean NO desire to ever see that shower of shite at Pittodrie again. Milne has ruined my illusion that the club shared the same thoughts as most fans did and I really can’t see how this relationship can work going forward.”

“What a [] plonker our chairman is. Almost 3 years of goodwill built up for him and he goes and shatters that goodwill in a couple of seconds with a dickhead statement.”

And that concludes the voting from the North East.

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