Great job boys, another fine nights work, you can give yourselves a pat on the back for your efforts.
I’m referring to a mini war of attrition that’s being going on since the beginning of the year on the Betfair forums (or maybe longer if you take into account the comments of one particular poster). I’ve got three accounts with Betfair, all previously funded and used, the oldest one of which goes back to 2002. All of these accounts are in my own name and bear my current address etc, no false details anywhere, in other words I play by the rules.
For anyone that’s familiar with the Betfair forums you’ll know that it’s a melting pot of all types. Some are good posters, some are bad, some very prolific, others don’t post very often, but at the end of the day it’s an adult forum (supposedly). But there are those on there that appear to have their own little agenda going and will do pretty much anything to get the upper hand. Sadly it’s at the expense of others and it’s getting worse.
In the good old days you could call someone a coont if the situation warranted it and that would be it, the posters would agree to disagree. Forum moderation was conspicuous by it’s apparent absence but that changed in 2004 or thereabouts. That would be around the time I received my first forum ban for swearing (woooo bad boy, and in an adult forum as well…oh the shame of it). It wasn’t a lifer ban just a three month stint I think but my recollection is a little hazy. The mods saw something they didn’t like and that was that.
Eventually I got my posting privileges back and all was well for many years. My posting style didn’t change and to this day never has. I tend to read a lot on the forums. I soak as much up as I can and in the early days I avoided Chit Chat like the plague as it was basically a forum of nothing…the top twenty threads would all have been created by the same guy “What’s your favourite <insert word here>”…the old timers will remember that very well. A waste of time and a waste of effort.
Years later we still get subjected to similar banal posts though not as frequently thankfully, however there lurk some trolls whose life work it seems is to basically set about upsetting (or trying to upset) others, some of whom are either too timid to respond or smart enough not to rise to the bait. I fall in neither of those two categories and that has led me to where I appear to find myself today.
It’s fairly simple to put 2+2 together and realise that my primary chatname on Betfair was in fact Swearbox which would be 10 years old next month. It’s my identity on there and it’s one of the things that all of the veteran posters have that the newbies don’t have…time served. You live and die by the things you post on those fora. If you’re a serial twat it doesn’t take long before you get painted with that brush, regardless of how many times you change your username after bans, shit sticks and leopards don’t change their spots. Conversely if, in general, your posts are helpful or informative or just plain funny you get a reputation for being ‘one of the lads’ or a good guy, call it what you will. Either way your identity is everything on there. Not that I care about thread count but a popular guy can generate a tremendous post count on a nothing thread. Similarly a ‘hated’ forumite can do the same. That said there are those on there that try as they might they hardly ever seem to garner any interest as a result of previous transgressions that have shown them up for who they are, malicious trolling types that the forum doesn’t trust and doesn’t like.
So back to the present. In my last post on this subject a few days ago I outlined the circumstances surrounding the ban of my Swearbox username so no need to go over old ground. Subsequently it appears that I was reported by a certain forumite and that forumite started a thread on the Football forum gloating about how he had wanted me removed ‘since day 1’ – now bear in mind I’d only come across this idiot a few months prior, he being a relatively new member, albeit with a big mouth – and how he drew me in and ultimately reported me to TSEG. What a way to run your life. He becomes the biggest mouth on the forum and when someone like me comes along and takes issue with some of the things he said (like many many others did I might add) he decided I’m too much to handle so created a plan to have me removed. Way to go son, way to go.
Well, after figuring out what had been done by whom I dropped to his level and within a week or two of my ban I did the same to him. I’m not proud of it, in fact I hated doing it as grasses are the lowest form of life on the forums, but there’s no way I was going to allow that peon to continue posting after he did what he did. It’s done and it’s history.
So we move forward. I mentioned that I have 3 accounts. The other two usernames associated with those accounts were active so I tentatively used them to let other forumites know the score about how I had come to be banned. Threads had been created in both the football forum and chit chat about the ban. They were created by the guy that reported me (on footy) and by a poster (on chit chat) who is widely regarded as probably the biggest arsehole on the entire Betfair platform. He is probably best known as Stretch Armstrong but that name was probably 10 usernames ago. He currently posts as Quality_Treat and I have no reservations in stating that as he is ultimately to blame for the latest ban that gave rise to this blog post.
Quality_Treat (previous banned usernames include Stretch Armstrong, Powerhoofer, Chough, Wheelbarrow_Oil, Kerchingston_Upon_Sea, Gloom_Merchant just to name a few) and I don’t get along. He first came to my notice as Powerhoofer and we exchanged a few unpleasantries. Eventually he went into meltdown mode and either got reported or the mods spotted it and he was gone. Every other username has followed suit…meltdown then ban. The thing is when you’ve been around a while you get into a groove with a certain posting style and it’s not hard to spot who is who, even after a ban and a new name surfaces. That fact sees to it that he’s easy to see each time he returns. The same rules apply to myself and this idiot spotted one of my other usernames in use and basically outed me on the forum as being a previously banned poster. That alone is reason enough for others who have felt hard done by in the past (I’m thinking along the lines of Frimpong here who I believe is exchange banned as well as forum banned) to drop a line in to Betfair to complain and report me. In this case though I don’t believe Frimpong (I won’t list your current username) had anything to do with it.
The troll in the last paragraph decided it would be great fun to expose my name to a couple of people on the Football forum, namely the guy who I reported and his ally, a not too bright individual but harmless enough. The troll wasn’t even aware that one of the two guys he was going to out me to was banned. So, on a footy thread last night (Ath Bilbao v Mirandes) the deed was done. Troll passes info on to thicko and thicko passes info on to banned big mouth and banned bigmouth emails Betfair and another username bites the dust…plus an IP ban for good measure. You would think we were all still in infant school but alas this is what grown men do to pass the time. Give yourselves a pat on the back boys.
I mailed Betfair this morning and outlined a few things including how I resented reporting the guy that had my Swearbox account banned. I even intimated that his ‘crime’ of swearing wasn’t hardly a crime and that he should be given his posting privileges back as my report was simply tit for tat. But of course he is unaware of that as I have no way of communicating the fact to him…unless of course he’s the guy that’s searching for this blog on Google.com.au…great things site stats, they tell you a lot.
The purpose of this post is to highlight the fact once again that the Betfair forums are in complete disarray. There are guys running riot on there using their umpteenth username gained as a result of supplying false details to open an account purely to get access to the forum. These same people are fucking over decent guys just because they think it’s fun to do. I wouldn’t like to walk to the end of the room in their shoes I really wouldn’t. Not sure if this is my final word on the subject as I haven’t heard back from Betfair yet. Hopefully it’s good news when it comes, if not then I guess the forums will be another couple of people less in the near future because I’ve already stepped beyond the line I had set for myself and I can’t turn back the clock.