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Parramatta Eels Supporters Website

Over the weekend, Mark Pigram left me a voicemail message regarding various complaints he was going to make about this site, and then he called back to let me know that a raft of former board members "who all have one thing in common, they hate your site" were going to be co-signatories on the complaint. I won't mention any names, because I have nothing other than Mark's word to suggest this is the case, but I guess it's no secret either that various boards have not appreciated the open-ness of this site.

One of my greatest personal flaws is that I'm only ever at my most motivated, when I feel I've been wronged, or have a point to prove. I only really started treating this site seriously, when I got booted off League Unlimited, and I'd pretty much made a decision to back away from the politics of the club until I got suspended. Indeed, most of the things I'm proudest off in my life, started with me saying to myself "well, I'll show you".

And so that voicemail, has triggered another one of those moments for me. I'm sure you all know that I've stepped back from the site for the past couple of years - there have been various reasons for that, but mostly related to a lack of time due to my business growing and commitments like my junior rugby league involvement. I've also wanted for the site to develop its own "brand" that wasn't tied to myself. However, I guess what I've come to realise most recently is that I'm never really going to be able to create any real distance between myself and the site and that my own "brand" is tied to the site and the community.

So the upshot of all this, is I've put 1Eyed back on my plate - I've re-organised my schedule to give it a dedicated amount of time each day, and I've made a commitment to take it to the next level and start working towards building something even bigger and better, and something that I, and indeed everyone that is part of the community, can be really proud of.

The first step in that, in solving the technical problems. The biggest issue we have faced with the site is we've been kind of stuck on an old, unsupported platform for a number of years that as you all know is buggy and has had a bunch of technical issues. As its a hosted platform (ie I don't have control of the computers that the data relies on) moving platforms has generally come with a compromise of losing the history of the site, and I haven't wanted to do that. However, I've had some firm discussions with the platform provider, and work has now started on moving us across to the latest version of their platform, while retaining hopefully all, or at least most of, the old content. All goes well that should take place in the next few weeks, but given technical projects almost always take longer than expecting, I'm treating it as a "rest of 2017" project. The completion of that, will move the platformto the same one that the Orf Seezun experimental site ran on, which those of you that tried it, will know provides a far superior mobile experience. 

However, it also gives me a bunch of flexibility to put in place a number of ideas, I've had for a long time, and I'm keen to get back into writing for the site as well. And I'm totally open to any of you guys who would like to get more involved, or have ideas, to throw them by me and we'll see what we can do. If you want to get more involved with the site, let me know.

There are two reasons the site has annoyed past power-brokers of the club. Firstly, it does have a massive reach and as such is particularly influential, but also because we have never shied away from giving supporters a voice, even if they're things that the people who running the club, don't particularly want to hear. The site is often criticised for being negative. It's not. It's just has a very low tolerance for fools and those who put themselves before the club. As has been shown by the general appreciation across the site for the work of Max Donnolly since he has come in and pushed forward the reform movement, this community can be very supportive of those in the club who get in and do a great job. And I also believe whole-heartedly this site better than any other platform reflects the broader Eels supporter-base. The feelings I read on here, are invaraibly the exact same words I hear around me when I go out to a game.  

I believe the club needs this site. I believe we wouldn't be so far down the path of reform and professionalism if it wasn't for the pressure that has been exerted at various points of history. And I can't help but feel pretty guilty when the latest reform proposals were shot down, because I don't think we used the site to support those changes, as we probably could have, and have done in the past. 

So thanks Mark for the kick up the backside. I'm back.

P.S. I have promised Mark Pigram that given he is no longer able to defend himself, that I would not allow for derogatory comments to be made about him, as is generally the policy here for non-members who don't involve themselves at a club-level. So please respect that in both this blog and generally. Thank you.

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The problem Mr Pigram has is his own behaviour on this site. It’s all been saved and recorded. He’s posted some seriously questionable images and made some outrageous claims on here. Hardly the behaviour of the victimised.

You STILL miss the point that the POWER base of the old guard has not diminished and is still a threat to the future of the club.

Look at the BIG picture - not a small piece of the puzzle.

With those reforms the threat of the old guard diminishes exponentially 

If I am not mistaken the reforms were voted DOWN at the EGM and therefore the power still lies with those who voted them down.

BIG picture mate - not pie in the sky crap.

Until such time as the reforms ARE adopted by the majority and then become part of our constitution the factions are still going to be very active.

Won’t need the majority.
Max has tried the polite route. He got to experience first hand the cess pool that is Parra Leagues politics. Now he’ll just imprint a new constitution onto the club with the help of the Minister. Members will have no choice but to accept it.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's the sort of thing we need.

If the punters are too stupid to think for themselves then COP THIS you imbeciles.

It is truly a shame when the members cannot see what is good for the club ultimately is good for them.

Hehe - you could of said this several replies back Mutty and saved me the stress of pointing out the obvious.

I think this site does have its bias but all in all it does bring some excellent discussion to the fore.

Col I have mentioned this many, many times over the past 6 months in various posts in different threads. Back to the Dementia unit for you I'm afraid. :( 

Pfft - I don't remember where the dementia unit is - that's why I am out here unchaperoned.

First I have heard that Max will actually take this line of action though Patsy.

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As you know, I havent been involved for many years due generally to a lack of available time. I do however drop in on occassion to get my Eels fix here.

From the beginnings to now it has been a massive change, Phil. I can only imagine that your increased presence and activity can only be a good thing for 1EyedEel.

100% the club needs this site. It is a pulse by which we can measure the health of this great club!

My two cents worth..
Firstly and most importantly - Phil you don't need anymore validation from anyone. Things haven't changed - your contribution to the fan base has been immense.
Im personally not too worried about keeping the history - as a growing site we should just be moving on. Who really cares what someone said in comment 10 years ago? We arnt the National archives.
There is a very real reason a group of people are on league unlimited and some are on this site... They are different.
LU does have some contributors that are in the know but it's spoilt by what seems like chaotic governance of posts which quickly degenerate into 3rd grade toilet humour about farts and homos.
Unfortunately this is where 1EYED EEL is going....
Perhaps we can limit this sort of crap to the cupboard?
Now I don't want to be a killjoy and enjoy some banter along with the next person but if you're going to make now a pivotal moment in redesign perhaps we can be a serious footy fan site with an outlet in the cupboard for insults and names? .... Let the other site be the cartoon site.
Adding to this, if we require validation as a serious fan base. We don't want serious professionals and sponsors reading some of the comments on the main site . We either want to be taken seriously it we don't - can't have it both ways.
>Over the weekend, Mark Pigram left me a voicemail message regarding various complaints he was going to make about this site

Some people take life way too seriously.

If you don't like a website... Don't visit it.

It's like some people just want to feel outraged about everything so they can always play the victim.

Thanks for letting sanity prevail Phil.

Just a quick addition to this post. Both Fong and Grunta have been suspended in recent days.

I've pretty much lost all tolerance for particularly crude insults, particularly outside of the cupboard and within the main blogs. And what I've taken from this blog, is that most of the community don't want to have to read through that stuff either.

So here are some tips:

1) If you refer to other member's family in a derogatory way I will suspend you.

2) If I suspend you and you come back at me with an abusive rant, chances are I'm not going to lift that ban

A lot of long-time members have stepped over the mark on occasion, and on occasion I've issues a short suspension just to make clear that was unacceptable. If you cop the tip, accept the decision, you'll generally be back on the site in a couple of days. I know how much this community means to the regulars, and I don't want to take that way from anyone so just accept you've overstepped the mark, take it with good grace, and we can all move on.

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