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Title: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: 4D on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 01:26:59
Just realised I've been posting drivel on here for nearly 9 years. When did it all begin and how long have you been here? Remember some users who haven't posted for a while... Leefer, Wiggy, Doore....and others who have changed their name.... Kerry Red aka Audrey, Rich P aka Costanza, JJ aka Peter Venkman.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 07:48:06
Too long.



Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Sippo on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 07:52:43
Since it began. Was on thisisstfc. I remember Dazza used to run the site.

And the reason a lot do not post is that the site has gone downhill. It is no where near as good as it was. In my opinion it's too 'wet' and sensible now.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Audrey's Bellend on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 08:17:25
I think the forum has mirrored the diminishing interest in the club itself. Apathy reigns, unfortunately.

This is my big worry about the Power years. Sure, it seems we are stabilised but his tenure has alienated a lot of people.

Even in previous years when we werenít doing well it still felt I was supporting a special club - now it feels we are just ordinary, like all the other bottom feeders.

There are so few actual football threads on here now - Christ, I even started one about fucking Puddings ( which turned out meh at best).

For a club of our size and still 6000 odd regulars the forum should be a bit livelier.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 09:46:34
I notice diminishing returns from a lot of forums these days.

I wonder whether that is due to them having a limited shelf life and requiring old people to move on and be replaced by others?

However, with STFC, the lack of media engagement seems to have sapped the interest of many.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: THE FLASH on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:15:01
I would honestly miss it if it ever shut down.

I felt huge pride when I attended the sponsors dinner once and KMac was on our table, he asked what business I was involved in.....when I answered the forum his face dropped and he made it clear he never read them and didn't like them.... Loved that!


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Bogus Dave on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:45:44
I think the rise of twitter and Facebook did more for the decline of web-forums than anything else.

I registered to this forum when I was 16, which seems like forever ago now


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Amir on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:57:25
I think the rise of twitter and Facebook did more for the decline of web-forums than anything else.

Yep, and a lot of the original posters got middle aged and slowed down or stopped posting. Such is life.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: adje on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:26:05
Early doors


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Flashheart on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:29:33
It's probably not 'declined' as much as some may think it has. People tend to remember the 'good old days' as being better than they actually were. I expect that Barry might have some stats...


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: LucienSanchez on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:37:31
I moved from ThisIs on day one... how long has this place been going now?!


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Flashheart on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:46:18
Whits started it, and his account was registered in April 2006. So about then.

*Edit: The earliest accounts (including Whit's) were created on 13-4-2006. Except for Barry's which was in 1972...  


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Flashheart on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:55:01
Actually, there was a fuck-ton of accounts registered on that date, I'm inclined to think there may have been some kind of reset.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Amir on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:00:32
Around December 2004 I reckon. All the accounts were reset at the later date.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Amir on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:10:02
 Dazzzzza set it up too. Bloody revisionists ;D


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:11:56
Whits started it, and his account was registered in April 2006. So about then.

*Edit: The earliest accounts (including Whit's) were created on 13-4-2006. Except for Barry's which was in 1972... 
Didn't we move providers then?


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Flashheart on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:16:20
Digging deeper... Whit's first post was on December 6, 2004, so that was probably it.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Flashheart on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:27:52
On eve further investigation, this was posted by Dazzzza on that day:
Quote
How do chaps?

Basically the problems with the site going down looked to because of the forum software.

Rather than persevere with it I have kicked it into touch and gone for what looks to be a much more reliable and feature packed effort recommended by SY.

Unfortunately that means all has been lost from the old forum including usernames so everyone is going to have to re-register.  One bonus is that registration actually works with this version.

Couple of nice extra features on here.  You can send messages to other users via the forum that can be read the next time the recipient logs on.  There is also an instant messenger feature so you can talk to other users online.

Still a bit of tinkering to do but everything should be up and running by Monday morning in time for work. 

In the mean time any suggestions, problems and the like bang a new topic in and I'll get it sorted.

Cheers

Dazzza

So TEF will be older than that, and I don't know if more info is available.

DSI Flashheart out.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Ginginho on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:30:30
I joined in 2005. I was 27. I'm now 40. That's depressing.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:38:09
There are some who go back to the days of MyOnlySwindon on the old Rivals site, who migrated out of necessity to ThisisSwindon.

When that degenerated, a collective decision was taken to set up this place.  As the links between club and fans have fractured, it is in things like the TEF, that the true spirit of STFC resides. Long may it last  :pint:


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Amir on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:51:38
Now we just need someone to tell us about the fannyforum and stfc mailing list, and the history of the Internet has been written. Except for all the bits flasheart is confused about ;D


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Barry Scott on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 13:05:32
Whits started it, and his account was registered in April 2006. So about then.

*Edit: The earliest accounts (including Whit's) were created on 13-4-2006. Except for Barry's which was in 1972... 

Finally someone caught my change on registration date. :toocool:

Most were April 2006 when Dazza first set this up. I was one of those originals, but then setup a newer angrier account which Iíve now kept.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Barry Scott on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 13:09:25
On eve further investigation, this was posted by Dazzzza on that day:
So TEF will be older than that, and I don't know if more info is available.

DSI Flashheart out.

When Dazza first went live he set it up on the same forum software as the original thisis and then migrated it all to phpbb. By recollection there wasnít a huge amount of time between the switch.

If I had my computer Iíd just query the database and be able to get all the dates, but I donít have this database on my phone.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Quagmire on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 13:10:57
Digging deeper... Whit's first post was on December 6, 2004, so that was probably it.
My 14th birthday  :D
I think I joined in 2005, I wasnít called Quagmire back then.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Batch on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 13:29:33
Fuck knows. Arrived with Reg, Pets (Ardiles?) and SuttonRed/KR/Riddle/Leroy/godknowshowmanyaliases from MOS .


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Batch on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 13:33:09
Now we just need someone to tell us about the fannyforum and stfc mailing list, and the history of the Internet has been written. Except for all the bits flasheart is confused about ;D

Aaaah the mailing list. Joined the around 1995/96. Is Leigh Collett still around Swindon/watching/on here?

Majordomo


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Leggett on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 14:03:34
A long time ago, back when I had a season ticket, and Town's results affected my mood for the rest of the day. Now, they barely register. Sad to admit it, the fuckwittery around the ownership of the club has kinda killed my football buzz.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: DV Canio on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 14:33:12
Itís quite difficult to place.

I joined thisisstfc at the start of our Andy King play off season. It might have actually been after the Sheffield Wednesday game.

I remember still being in there come the actual play offs.
The following season I started going to away games with Whits and Sonicyouth, which must have been after the TEF started.

So, itís somewhere between May and September 04.


I think the forum has gone downhill certainly with regards to football chatter but with Twitter and Facebook taking over from forums we donít really have a Ďnewí or Ďyoungerí generation...and those of us that signed up in our late teens/early 20s have mostly become responsible adults with partners, wives, children, mortgages and so on....and I expect many of us no longer go.

I reckon itís got to close to 6 years since I last attended a match.
*just checked. Itíll be 5 years next month.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: DV Canio on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 14:34:33
....add to that, the club is shit and so is the football.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 16:52:19
The site was up in 2004.

https://web.archive.org/web/20041207232720/http://thetownend.com:80/forum/index.php

I migrated from thisisstfc when it turned to shit.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Sir red ken on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 17:21:17
The site was up in 2004.

https://web.archive.org/web/20041207232720/http://thetownend.com:80/forum/index.php

I migrated from thisisstfc when it turned to shit.
Same as, I was the only person posting anything worth reading on the thisisstfc site.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 17:28:22
Same as, I was the only person posting anything worth reading on the thisisstfc site.

:Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:

I'm pretty sure you were one of the reasons the TEF was started.



Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Sir red ken on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 17:29:41
:Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:

I'm pretty sure you were one of the reasons the TEF was started.

True that!


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: DV Canio on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 18:34:11
I think thisisstfcís main deterrent at the time was young STFC_Gazza and MHWG.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Ells on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 19:06:10
I used to post there about 12 years ago, only remember red Ken though.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Sir red ken on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 19:42:35
I used to post there about 12 years ago, only remember red Ken though.
Red Ken has come along way since those early days, he received a knighthood no less!


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Amir on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 22:25:45
I think thisisstfcís main deterrent at the time was young STFC_Gazza and MHWG.

J1mmy.

Mickey could be quite amusing.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: DV Canio on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 22:29:54
They were one and the same werenít they?

MHWG would do all sorts over the weekend as there was no one from the adver to moderate the forum till Monday morning.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Nemo on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 22:32:30
Don't think I've been posting since Day 1, but since the last migration at least. First post that's still around was from Jan 2005 and was about cricket. Not much has changed in 13 years.

Shit, 13 years.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Posh Red on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 22:46:51
Since April 2006, when we were shite, so nothing much has changed there then


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: chalkies_shorts on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 23:47:12
Since Dec 2006. A lot has happened personally, professionally and stfc wise in that time.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Frigby Daser on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 00:39:24
Yep, in various guises since the beginning. The lack of new posters could be down to a few things. Poor football, dwindling fanbase, Twitter or the fact that anybody who posts for the first time gets called a c***.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: kaufman on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 01:11:31
Thursday, April 13, 2006, 21:52:09

I joined up after this game it seems.
http://swindon-town-fc.co.uk/MatchCentre.asp?Tab=Video&MatchID=20060141
(Thanks to Swindon-Town_FC.co.uk)


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 01:29:05
A great site for keeping up to date if you live outside Swindon

Great for quick updates on Matchdays

Brilliant buzzing place during h PdC era

But generally very pompous and PC I'm afraid


Title: Re: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 11:45:36
Thursday, April 13, 2006, 21:52:09

I joined up after this game it seems.
http://swindon-town-fc.co.uk/MatchCentre.asp?Tab=Video&MatchID=20060141
(Thanks to Swindon-Town_FC.co.uk)
Also 13 April 2006 which seems either very coincidental or suggests something happened on that date to possibly revert accounts to that date....

Arrived as a refugee from myonlyswindon, don't think I ever used the thisisstfc site, but what was the original forum in the mid 90's called as I frequented that when I was a student?


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Wills1 on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 11:46:54
As a lurker on this site for many years I probably moved over when MOS went to shit.

Living away from Swindon I still find this site the best way of keeping up to date with things.

Bring back the STFC Fanny Forum I say - Some very funny banter back in the day.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Wobbly Bob on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 12:40:16
At current rate it would take me about another 70 years to reach 30,000 posts.  :no:

Occasional dabbler on thisis. Relative novice on here.

Just out of interest what was the site that used to have a picture of Melinda Messenger on the home page?
Late 90's maybe.


Title: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Batch on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 13:04:24
re: the fanny forum...... what happened to Townfish... are you here?

http://disc.yourwebapps.com/Indices/7328.html (http://disc.yourwebapps.com/Indices/7328.html)


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 14:41:28
April 13th 2006 apparently.

I did used to Lurk on MOS to see what Leroy and Riddle used to get up to (subway sandwiches mainly).

FWIW I still enjoy coming on here, there is a good mix of football and non-football chat and some great characters. Iíve made the conscious decision to come off Facebook this year as I see it as a total waste of my time and so will probably be on here a bit more often.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Bedford Red on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 15:03:40
I joined around April 05, i believe the site started around December 04. It shows i joined in April 06 but that was when the changes were made; so everyone who was on the site before this date had to re-register.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Posh Red on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 16:21:49
Also 13 April 2006 which seems either very coincidental or suggests something happened on that date to possibly revert accounts to that date....

I think that is the case as that's when it says I registered. However looking at my first post it was in Dec 2004


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: SleafordRobin on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 17:54:00
2008, I guess I was a late starter.  I came across from another forum, myonlyswindon I think, when it supposedly closed down?


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: china red on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 18:16:41
2009 for me, also moved over from myonlyswindon


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Batch on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 18:33:02
though MOS closed before then, guess it kind of migrated from rivals to some other location though


Title: Re: Re: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, January 14, 2018, 19:20:12
Also 13 April 2006 which seems either very coincidental or suggests something happened on that date to possibly revert accounts to that date....

Arrived as a refugee from myonlyswindon, don't think I ever used the thisisstfc site, but what was the original forum in the mid 90's called as I frequented that when I was a student?

First post was in March 2006 apparently, so something fishly happened in that April?

To answer my second question regarding the 90's forum, I contributed to this which was on that forum but cannot remember what it was called?

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~gterry/Guestbook%201997.htm


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Simon Pieman on Monday, January 15, 2018, 08:09:19
J1mmy.

Mickey could be quite amusing.

J1mmy used to join the TEF and get banned every 5 minutes when it was relatively new


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Tails on Monday, January 15, 2018, 11:55:33
I think I've been on every Town forum going... This is, MOS, The Loud & Proud one, Vital... I joined this one as soon as it opened, although I did take a little break a few years ago.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Costanza on Monday, January 15, 2018, 19:27:25
Joined TEF when it was first launched under my old username.

I think I was only on Thisis for a little while before the TEF exodus.

Time keeps on slipping!


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Ardiles on Monday, January 15, 2018, 20:38:19
First post was in March 2006 apparently, so something fishly happened in that April?

Beat you by a month.  My first post on Feb 14th 2006 in the matchday thread for a 1-0 win vs Gillingham.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: johnritsons toupe on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 00:09:39
My current disguise doesn't go back that far and I'm unsure of exactly when I first landed here, but I've either lurked or been very active (depending on politics at the club at the time) in several guises.

This and the old Adver site were great places to be during the Blatchley / Donegan / Devlin / Diamond Mike era - hilarious at times.

There was also a Yahoo email list donkeys years ago which preceded the BB format (Donkey will no doubt remember that) which was really busy and included the likes of Townfish, Millom etc, so with that history, aside from my current persona, I guess I'm a bit of an old git town fan nowadays.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: donkey on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 16:35:23
My current disguise doesn't go back that far and I'm unsure of exactly when I first landed here, but I've either lurked or been very active (depending on politics at the club at the time) in several guises.

This and the old Adver site were great places to be during the Blatchley / Donegan / Devlin / Diamond Mike era - hilarious at times.

There was also a Yahoo email list donkeys years ago which preceded the BB format (Donkey will no doubt remember that) which was really busy and included the likes of Townfish, Millom etc, so with that history, aside from my current persona, I guess I'm a bit of an old git town fan nowadays.

Indeed I do. Do I know you under a previous guise then?

Edit: November 2006 should anyone care. A random weekday evening. Must've been bored.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: normy on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 16:58:33
April 13, 2006


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 17:10:20
Ever since I used to sign every post.

NMH


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Berniman on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 11:12:13
August 29th 2006 apparently.  I came over from Red Army L&P when that closed down/started going downhill.

I can't believe the 10 yr anniversary passed and I didn't get a testimonial.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Peter Venkman on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 11:15:05
No idea since I changed names, around 2005 to 2006 sounds about right originally though.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: reeves4england on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 13:39:35
I think I joined right back near the start. The good old days when I knew TEF members by face and went to quite a few games home and away.

Nowadays I don't get to many games as I live in the North West, and I only tend to post every now and then. I read through fairly regularly though, especially matchday threads to see people's reactions and opinions.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: magicroundabout on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 13:46:25
Been here from the start i think.

As reeves said used to know loads by face and meet for games both home and away.



Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: quinnismyhero on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 21:56:38
I joined in very early 2006 because I was working in Haifa, Israel and wanted to keep in touch with all the shit that was happening...


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 22:03:31
Quote from: quinnismyhero
I joined in very early 2006 because I was working in Haifa, Israel and wanted to keep in touch with all the shit that was happening...

well, that beats my Basingstoke :)


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 14:11:58
2010.

What was that crap email forum called back in the mid-late 90s?  I was on that.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: flammableBen on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 14:15:56
What happened to the blackpool guy who did a picture of his willy or something?


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 14:21:24
What happened to the blackpool guy who did a picture of his willy or something?

I think the family are still trying to sell the club?


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: flammableBen on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 14:24:03
Also that priest guy, nils? I wonder if he ever became a priest. I often wonder about him. Think he was Norwegian.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: 4D on Friday, January 19, 2018, 10:26:29
Norway Red?


Title: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Batch on Friday, January 19, 2018, 10:34:15
that's Father Norway Red to you.

Actually don't remember the priest bit. Though iirc we had a Norwegian fishermen on this forum, or was it the mailing list.. Same person?

and I promise this post is not to make a believing in cod/god pun


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: woolster on Friday, January 19, 2018, 10:37:14
2010.

What was that crap email forum called back in the mid-late 90s?  I was on that.
was it my space :hmmm:


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: donkey on Friday, January 19, 2018, 14:32:41
that's Father Norway Red to you.

Actually don't remember the priest bit. Though iirc we had a Norwegian fishermen on this forum, or was it the mailing list.. Same person?

and I promise this post is not to make a believing in cod/god pun

Good. This isn't the plaice for it.


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: Tails on Friday, January 19, 2018, 15:54:47
Oh for fucks hake


Title: Re: How long you been a TEFer?
Post by: tans on Friday, January 19, 2018, 16:08:14
Norway red was different to Nils wasnt he?