It's not a great site, it's an awful site. A backward step, actually a backward leap.Hi Colin,
Discord is invite-only which we are putting out in stages.
I am not sure you fully understand when we are talking about hackers and the forum, we are not talking about people posting on the forums, not talking about people under fake numbers claiming prizes, we are talking about the coding of the forum, the stuff behind the forum that no one sees, the nuts and bolts which run the forum. Reducing the size of the forum would make no difference, it's the coding which is problematic and as we have found out is a way in for the hackers, a way they can flood the site and make the site non-operational otherwise known as cyberattacks and it's all coming through the forum.
We are happy to see so many already over on Discord and have a look around, it's a great site and others so much and actually offers members much more flexibility over there too, don't forget any questions be sure to ask!
Messageboards operate all over the world, the vast majority of which have much more sensitive and controversial subjects than OLBG, and therefore more susceptible towards drawing in negative attention. These forums seem to control their hacking attempts without feeling the need to jump ship to an alternative forum. An adequate defence of these things is just part and parcel of setting up a forum. The bad-guy-cyber-crime-hackers are out there and they WILL attempt to attack Discord too, the problem will not go away just by switching providers. And if you don't have that adequate protection then they'll find a way in, just as they seem to have done here.
All you are doing is running from the problem, but they will catch up, and you will just have the same issue all over again.
I would suggest you take a look at the defences you have here. Are you maxing out on protection or trying to do it on the cheap? Do you have people in control of your defences who are capable or incompetent? etc. Switching provider depreciates the OLBG brand, the cosmetics and the depth. It's radical, needless, and amateurish. The quality of the brand is all important.
If this is seen as a positive move, then the days are numbered I am afraid. That is a shame, because it's been part of the betting community for 25 years. Established.
"Let's beat the bookies" - such a great slogan, and the lead to what the brand is. But you don't beat the bookies unless you have the discussion to do that. A collection of hobbyist tipsters posting to win a competition does not achieve that. Inviting in discussion, where people discuss these things, based around a competition, DOES help to 'beat the bookies'.
That needs embracing and encouraging to ensure the brand stays strong. As an absolute base minimum that means somewhere where they can go to do that - the platform if you like. Then after you get the platform right you provide the encouragement to go there and contribute. Up to now the platform has been good, the encouragement weak. Dismissive and negative, based around "people don't want messageboards nowadays, they like Twitter" - what absolute nonsense! There are messageboards out there thriving.
OLBG here has an opportunity here not to be aloof and to actually listen. Discord is NOT the answer. Instead get it right here, in its current form, and then build it up again. Encourage people to contribute more, not just take from the competition. Or just scrap that slogan and have a rethink of what OLBG is and rebrand completely.