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Hello, welcome to the new message board and thank you for registering.
The announcement of the closure of the old message board happened earlier than I expected and I haven't had a huge amount of time to make many changes to the new board.
I'd like to take this opportunity to let you know what happened and answer some of the questions that you may have.Why did I create this new message board?
Back in February of this year, the club closed the OFFICIAL message board for a short period of time. They claimed that 'commercial partners' of the club had complained about some of the content that was being posted. They also announced that they would make a decision on the future of the message board at the end of the season.
I created this message board about two months ago so that it could be used as a replacement if the OFFICIAL message board was closed. I did this because I didn't want to see such a large online community of Orient fans disappear overnight if the club suddenly switched it off.
Meanwhile, a supporters group (city slacker and Doug) entered into discussions with the club about a possible fans takeover of the old message board. Unfortunately, they were unable to finalise a deal and the club decided to close the official board. I wasn't actually involved in any of these discussions but city slacker was keeping me informed so that I could keep this board on standby. city slacker can give you some extra details about the negotiations if he wants to.Moderators and Rules
I am the owner and administrator of this message board but I will not be actively moderating the forum unless I have to.
city slacker has been chosen as the main initial moderator because he was involved in the takeover talks and was a popular choice among users of the old message board. He is also a member of the fans representative group which regularly meets with Matt Porter, the Chief Executive of the football club.
If the new message board is as popular as the old one, we may need 1 or 2 more moderators at the start of the new season.
A basic set of rules have been posted here: topic14.html
We don't really want to ban anyone but if somebody is regularly breaking the rules, warnings/bannings will be given.
Everyone will be treated fairly, you will receive a warning before you are banned and be given a full explanation of what you have done wrong.
Please click the 'report post' button above any post that you think is unacceptable.Questions or Complaints
If anyone has any questions or complaints about the message board, you can post them here or email me directly at email@example.comIdeas and Suggestions
Some possible changes that could be made over the next few weeks:
- The name of the message board
- The banner/image at the top of the message board.
- The favicon of the message board.
- Creation of social media profiles to advertise and promote the new message board.
- Discuss and vote on a possible split of the message board sections. (Football/non-football sections)
If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please post them in this thread.