Following on from the last comment by Revo on the previous blog post, I thought I’d let you all know how things are going over at koptalk. We’ve told you before that it’s dying a slow death with a decreasing number of members and posts. Koptalk used to be a vibrant forum with lots of good discussions and banter. This has more or less been gone the last couple of years, and most of the good posters have now left.
I had the pleasure of visiting Liverpool the first weekend of September. Having been away for a few days, I logged on to koptalk the following Monday to have a look at what had been happening while I was away. Usually I check the “Active posts last 24 hours” to see how busy it’s been. I thought I’d done something wrong as there were just 6 pages of posts, so I did it again, but to my surprise there were still the same number of pages. There are 25 posts per page, so that would mean between 125 and 150 posts the last 24 hours. Then I tried “Active posts last 48 hours” and there were just 11 pages (less than 275 posts). I’ve never before seen it so low. Only once before it has dipped below 200 posts a day (194 to be precise), and that was on Christmas Day last year. Apart from that, it usually never goes below 300 and rarely even below 400.
OK, it was a weekend and no Liverpool match on, so I thought it would pick up through the week, and come next weekend and the Burnley match there would be the usual number of posts again. But it kept going slow during the week, and when the Burnley match arrived it was still dead. A total of 421 posts in 24 hours (12am to 12am) on a match day is by far an all time low, but it only took another 4 days to beat that record when the Debrecen match thread only had about 90 posts and the total in 24 hours was 410. A year ago that would be a really slow non-match day, now it seems to be the new standard for match days. The West Ham match couldn’t get the numbers above 450 either. In fact, so far in September the average posts a day is below 300, and that includes 3 matches and the closing day of the transfer window. It is a significant drop in activity and it will be interesting to see how it developes during the next few months.
Last weekend we saw another record low number of posts when there was just 108 posts from Friday to Saturday. That’s 4.5 posts an hour. And Dunk claims they have thousands of members? Whre are they all? I had a look at the “Who’s online” page at one point in the Debrecen match, and there were just over 40 members online in the last 15 minutes. Where were the rest? They weren’t at Anfield. There are very few match going koptalk members. Someone tried to arrange a meet up before a match but didn’t get a single reply. There are hardly any tickets on offer anymore. On other sites they are linking their PTS/Membership cards to ensure they get all possible tickets they can among each other. And they meet up before the match to have a pint and a laugh. But nothing of that is going on at koptalk. Those who used to sort out others with tickets are gone. Occationally there pops up a ticket or two, but I wouldn’t rely on koptalk if I wanted to go to a match.
To get back to my original question. Who pulled the plug? The answer is probably: Dunk! The reason koptalk is dying on it’s arse is Dunk’s failure to focus on the site. He’s too busy with his video site and frequenting Benidorm bars, leaving koptalk to itself. All the lies and scams are now coming back haunting him and at this crucial point he fucks off to Las Vegas with his, what is it, third girlfriend in a year?. His members are fed up with paying for nothing but lies and censorship. Those who have known about the scam for a while has realized that by posting they keep the site alive, so they’ve stopped contributing. Many of the members have also realized there are better free options around.
The real question you all will be sat with having read this though is. Why the heck did I go to Liverpool when there was no match on?