It all started off as just another day for Duncan. He logged on as “Koptalkinsider.coN” and published a news article about a striker that (according to comments elsewhere from visitors this blog) had already appeared on RAWK and YNWA. He also logged in as “The Informer” and created this piece of fiction.
Seems obsessed with horses now. Makes a change from greyhounds I suppose.
Reged: Jul 14 2003
Kuyt and Klose
#1566239 – Mon Jul 24 2006 11:14 AM
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Feyenoord have lowered their asking price for Kuyt by £1m but the valuation is much higher than Liverpool are prepared to pay.
The horse has enquired to Werder Bremen about Miroslav Klose. Surprisingly they will let him leave to a non German club for around £8m.
I will be at the Anfield stadium this afternoon and may be able to obtain more information.
At this stage in the day Dunk was probably looking forward to another afternoon in the sun in the back yard, supping Asda’s own-brand cider and cursing the owner of the local kebab shop to anyone who’d listen. He could sit there relaxed, with nothing more to worry about than working out what kind of equestrian stories he’d be making up next time he logged in as “The Informer”.
Then a piece of cooling equipment in the Koptalk shed was impacted by some brown stuff. The insider member base got an email.
Please accept my apologies for this uninvited email.
Last Wednesday in the gold and silver club I posted a genuine set of suggestions for improving the experience of everyone at Koptalk.
These took the form of a kind of 10 point manifesto for renewal that I hoped would start a serious debate about KT’s future and what we wanted as a community. The manifesto was a heartfelt attempt at stopping what I considered to be a decline in the quality of user experience on the site and at no time was it intended to be an attack on the community or Duncan Oldham.
Unfortunately, like so many other recent posts on KT it was pulled after a mere 8 minutes by Dunk. Notwithstanding this I received 150 emails of support from KT people who either managed to see it during that time or were notified of it by other members later. I was later sent this email list of koptalk members by a Koptak Mod and told to “get this out there, people need to read it”. So I have.
About 3 hours after I made the original post I found that I had been banned from the site. I received a single email from Duncan Oldham telling me to put any feedback about the site into an email to Koptalk support.
I subsequently found out, that in response to KT members questions concerning my “disappearance” Duncan was saying that I hadn’t been banned and he’d sent me a number of emails to tell me.
This is a lie.
His banning of me (and subsequently many other long-standing KT’ers such as Fagan) was a completely over the top reaction to a serious post. Unfortunately that and other acts have confirmed for me that Koptalk has indeed gone over to “the dark side”.
You may have noticed that many of the a old familiar KT faces haven’t been around recently. That’s because
“the rebel alliance” can now be found at: www.est1892.co.uk. Here you can breathe “the pure air of freedom”, and happily debate the reds to your hearts content without fear of “the daddy” snuffing you, and your posts out.
By the way, despite posting on KT since the late 1990s- I never once, received any kind of thanks from Duncan for the “insider” information that I posted. Rude or cynical you decide, I certainly helped make him a shed-load of money.
Cider abandoned, Katie-wig trampled, tonight’s podcast no doubt postponed, Duncan had to log in. He’s not been seen since.
Reged: Aug 20 2004
FAO ALL MODERATORS
#1567157 – Mon Jul 24 2006 04:45 PM
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Please check the Board Room.
Even though he’s not been seen since, I think there’s no doubt he got news of this. This post lasted minutes, but after Dunk had shunned his emailed (and reasonable) feedback, a certain former member of the pay sites felt it was appropriate to air his views about Koptalk on the “free” site.
Post: Take notice (Topic#18639)
24-07-06 05:15 PM – Post#278637
I was a member of the Gold Club for about 3 years until recently. I have been locked out of late for daring to say (in an email to Dunk, like he asks) that the Gold Club was going downhill and isn’t the same that it used to be, and that I wouldn’t be renewing my subscription.
If you are thinking of joining the Gold Club then can I suggest that you have a look at this website first, to see the things that Dunk doesn’t want you to know. Then if you decide then to join up, then fair enough.
All you will hear on this site is positives (the bits that Dunk wants all potential subscribers to hear) this blog gives you some of the negatives. I have asked Dunk a few times now to remove my positive feedback from his Gold Club feedback page, and although he said he would do it last week, it still remains there.
Pete the Pirate
Loc: Boise , ID
24-07-06 05:19 PM – Post#278647
In response to ba75
It can’t be that bad or there wouldn’t be so many people subsribing to it and paying the money for it.
Lets get some other views.
24-07-06 05:21 PM – Post#278651
In response to Pete the Pirate
well if Dunk allowed you to reply to this you would see another side. Check out the website
I bet “The Informer” forgets to do his update now.