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Anyone notice that there have been a lot of folks coming from TOS who seem to be trouble makers lately? All are complaining about their harsh treatment on TOS and whining about over zealous MODs. Some on this board think that is a bad thing. I'd say it isn't.
What that tells me is that what we have at 247 is being recognized by TOS as special. They have begun to understand one of the great differentiators between their site and ours is the quality of discourse on the board. They are realizing that it is costing them members and they are actively working to rid their sites of the troublemakers to enhance the quality of dialogue there to stop their own bleeding.
GoVols247 has literally changed the game. Not just by giving us a better board, but they are raising the standard on all other boards as well. This could LITERALLY change the tone of our fan base over time by weeding out those who are overly critical and combative.
Those kinds of people will bounce from one board to another and be shunned over and over again because no one can afford to have them on their site - it causes that site to lose members to this one. Eventually, those folks will have to either learn to play by the new rules or go away.
Thank you, Wes, Ryan, and Kevin and the entire 247 team.
***edited to make VIP only***
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Kevin Ryan 20 months ago
Agree. They've taken notice that a lot of posters have left due to flame fests and poor control of their boards. Combine that with the amount of info and stories Wes and Ryan put out, its easily the best place to be.
i just pray that 247 and it's members continue to have a low tolerance for stupidity.....that is the MOST attractive thing about this site
I see no reason for them to change a winning formula. Can't imagine they will.
Agree 100%. We are not all like-minded on this board but we enjoy a spirited, respectful dialogue with a lot of humor mixed in......
I am a day 1 member and I do not even check other boards anymore. A waste of time!
Thanks Wes, Ryan and Kevin!
^^^^ This ^^^^^ It's why I came here in the first place and why I continue to stay.
I am sure they will come over from time to time and test it but they will have to understand fast that bashing posters, opinions and our porgram will not be tolerated.
There are a good number of us "Day One Oldtimers" who will do our best to help the staff police this place.
It's just like when you are lucky enough to move into a good neighborhood. You do what you can to keep the place up. We'll do the same thing here!
You're all absolutely right about the Mods and the community policing the board and keeping the riff-raff out. I've actively and aggressively participated in that myself. But that isn't the point. I was commenting on the bigger picture and marveling at how what has happened here is affecting things OUTSIDE our board.
My point is, if they are getting kicked off other boards all of a sudden for them to HAVE to come here (you can tell the difference in the ones who came here because of a superior product and those who came here because they got booted), that means those boards have realized that they have to clean up their act to be able to compete with 247. It means that they are acknowledging that 247 has become the industry standard bearer.
We as a community, the Mods and members, should be proud of this. Culture change isn't something that happens quickly or easily, but I believe we are seeing it right before our eyes. And we aren't just watching it happen. I believe we are the catalyst. We haven't just affected the culture on this board. We are affecting the culture on other boards as well.
Don't underestimate the immensity of that! As VP Biden would say, "This is a BIG f$&@ing deal!"
I haven't been here since day 1 because I was reluctant to pay for info. But I took advantage of the free trial last year and have never looked back. I will stand with yall on protecting our neighborhood. It's a place we can all come to and feel safe. I come to share my love for Tennessee sports with others who come to do the same. I have learned so much on this board and without mentioning names,have come to respect many posters' opinions and insight. I realize they don't just throw it out there if they don't have a certain degree of confidence that it's fact. I'm glad we don't all agree on everything because I don't want to read the same post over and over. It causes us to think a little and sometimes, even change our minds about a topic. Why? Because of the respect shown for each other and the opinions offered. Wes and Ryan, if I could never read anyone else's news, interviews, etc. I would be content. If I hear it from you, it's gospel. Thanks for that kind of integrity in your journalism. Welcome to all who come over to give us try. We'll give you a little time to adjust because you can let your defenses down over here. Become a part of our neighborhood but keep your yard clean and the grass mowed. And tell us how you feel, but do it in a way that promotes discussion and not bashing. Don't want robots, just folks that want to talk about all things Vol in a friendly, civil way. Thanks for letting me be a part of it. GO VOLS!
This post was edited by Kevin Ryan 20 months ago
BUTCH IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. GO VOLS!
Senior Writer, govols247
Thanks for this thread, everyone. Means more than you can possibly know. We worked very hard to set the tone early, and the posters stepped up and essentially moderated the board for us shortly thereafter.
We are growing every day, and I think our responsiveness on the boards and the moderation of the boards is a big part of it. This thread solidifies that feeling.
Thanks again. You guys made my day after a very rough couple days. Almost back to normal.
Your team. All the time.
Also, hope you guys don't mind, but I made some of the VIP posts free so everyone could see them. Thought it was good for members and possible members to see what the board is really all about.
Thx. If I made your post free and you want me to switch it back, just let me know.
I left TOS because there were a select few posters that were being protected despite their constant Dooley and tn player bashing. The stuff they let those guys say is unreal. It woukd make me so mad that it was allowed. It's my theory that they know the mods and are there to keep the board riled up. I have very much enjoyed the class on this board and ability to converse with true fans that care about the university.
Great insight from all. It takes a lot of folks to run a village, and it starts at the top.
i tell you what. i love this site ! there's a reason for that. all of you. GO BIG ORANGE !!!
GO BIG ORANGE!!!
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