Duncan Oldham is forever claiming that the reason he doesn’t like to hear feeback on his forums is because he doesn’t think other people want to hear it. Or because it’s easier to deal with if it’s emailed. Or (long list of other reasons that don’t really wash).
If the feeback’s positive, it stays on the forum, followed by a rant from Oldham about how 99.9% of the feeback he gets is like this. Then he locks the thread, to prevent anyone contradicting him.
If the feeback’s negative, it is removed from the forum. Even it it’s only slightly negative, more often than not it will be deleted. Along with the user-id of the person who posted it.
He’ll deny this – saying only jealous ex-members would say such things. Nonsense.
Q. What happens if you email him with negative, but constructive, feeback?
A. He bans you.
Most readers aren’t surprised to hear this, but we keep getting new members who take a week or two before they’ve seen enough to convince them of our arguments. So here’s some proof. Consider this post to be part of our own “Feedback” section – feeback to the liar who owns Koptalk.
Former Koptalk user, and still a paying member, Brian wrote in to us. He’d sent this to Dunk in an email –
I don’t know what is happening with all this post deleting today. As stated in another post that again was deleted, someone has posted Toms original post on another forum. There has been a lot of bad publicity surrounding Koptalk of late, and I think Tom was addressing this to try and rectify some of bad negativity, some good and valid comments were made, others that not everyone would agree to, but that was the whole point of the post, to gauge what could be done to improve things.
The post was intended to provide a bit of debate (in the Gold Club) to try and look at various ways of improving the site as well as its reputation, but then for it to be deleted and then posted onto another site, has probably caused more harm than good. In doing this, it has probably put off future potential memberships, money that is needed to keep the site running.
Nothing has been prevented as emails are going around now of the original post anyway, yes not all koptalkers will have seen the post, but many respected koptalkers have. Tom is a respected poster on here and also a honoury member, and I don’t think he was out to cause problems.
I just think the site has shot itself in the foot today.
Nothing really over-the-top. Nothing that Duncan should have been unable to take. He can’t though – criticism frightens him, and has done for years. He’s a bully, and doesn’t like getting a bit back. Not a bit of bullying, just a bit of honest criticism. He’s shit-scared his remaining members will find stuff out about him.
Brian got a reply from Duncan, asking if he’d reply with his username, so he “knew who he was talking to”. As soon as that happened Duncan locked Brian out, saying his details were not up-to-date. ANOTHER Oldham lie. Brian had updated his details with Oldham twice recently.
This is Brian’s feedback. Duncan won’t print this on his site, he can’t accept or face up to criticism, he thinks he’s right all the time. Which suits us, because it’s costing him more money for less visitors every day.
From: Brian Xxxxxxx <email address removed>
Date: Jul 23, 2006 4:51 PM
Subject: Missing Info
To: Duncan Oldham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
As i have said before in an email to you, my details are up to date, as requested before on both signing up to the gold club and also for a competition you recently ran, that was after November, when you said you would be checking everyones details, that you keep going on about. Why is it that more details are needed? Surely i wouldn’t be able to access the free sites forums as well if this was the case.
It seems funny that i have been locked out since i questioned you about the deletion of Toms post last week, and also sending negative feedback for your Gold Club sign up page, and replacing it with the positive one i wrote about 2-3 years ago (which is still on the page, although you said you would remove it).
I was denied access as soon as you emailed me to ask what was my username, which i gave to you. I also told you i would not be renewing my subscription so this is just a matter of principle, I have paid for the service, so should be allowed to gain access. I have never broken any of the AUPs that you use on the site. So this leads me to think it is because of the emails last week.
Keep up the good work Duncan, keep up the good work.